Everyone wants to have cleaner and whiter teeth and nobody wants a mouth that sends people the other direction. Thankfully, a healthy smile is easier to achieve than most people think! Aside from seeing a cosmetic dentist, here are 8 things you can do to keep your mouth clean and your teeth white.
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1.) Avoid tooth-staining products
Beverages like coffee, wine, and pop, as well as tobacco products, are known to stain your teeth. Avoid these products whenever possible; and if you do indulge, be sure to brush your teeth right away. If you are away from a toothbrush, eating an apple will help clean your teeth and remove some of the harmful colors these beverages can add to your teeth.
2.) Hold your toothbrush like a pencil
Brushing your teeth too hard can do more harm than good. To avoid making this mistake, try holding your toothbrush the way you hold a pencil. This makes it much more likely you’ll be using the right amount of pressure when you brush, rather than scrubbing away unnecessarily. Perfect your brushing to ensure a clean and healthy mouth every time you put paste to brush.
3.) Have a daily cup of tea
Flavonoids found in tea have many health benefits, including preventing bacteria from sticking to your teeth and causing tooth decay. It’s no wonder that tea is the most popular beverage on Earth, not including water.
4.) Use alcohol-free mouthwash
Mouthwash is a good way to get your mouth extra clean, but be sure to choose an alcohol-free brand. The alcohol found in many types of liquid breath fresheners can dry out the tissues in your mouth, which makes it easier for bacteria to multiply and spread. Alcohol in mouthwash has also been linked in some studies to an increased risk of oral cancer.
5.) Clean your tongue
A major cause of bad breath is the build-up of bacteria on the tongue. Using a tongue scraper every morning will remove this bacteria, freshening your breath and lowering your risk of tooth decay and gum disease. Using a toothbrush to clean your tongue is better than doing nothing, but a tongue scraper is much more effective. Look for toothbrushes that come with a scraper on the opposite side of the bristles to kill two birds with one stone each and every time your brush your teeth.
6.) Brush with baking soda
Using baking soda a few times a week will remove any stains from your teeth, keeping them nice and white. Just don’t overdo it! If your gums start feeling sore, it’s a sign you’re using baking soda too frequently and should probably cut down.
(7) Stay hydrated
Drinking plenty of water is good for your whole body, and it has the added benefit of flushing bacteria off your teeth and out of your mouth. This gives you better breath and a lower risk of tooth decay and gum disease. Is there anything that good ole H2O can’t do?
(8) Chew cinnamon-flavored gum
The essential oil cinnamaldehyde is usually used to flavor cinnamon gum. Besides tasting good, it has the added benefit of killing bacteria in your mouth and can lead to a brighter and whiter smile. If possible, look for chewing gum or mints that contain xylitol, which helps protect the mouth from cavities.
With just a few small changes, you can ensure a cleaner mouth and a whiter smile. If you have put all of these tips into practice and still yearn for pearlier whites, it may be time to call a dentist. Contact the professionals at BDG for more information.