A smile goes a long way, as we all know. Follow these simple tips to keep your teeth healthy and sparkling white. Let's see what it is about!
Teeth are very important, they help us chew, talk, and smile, but if we don't take good care of them, they can ruin our face. We tell you how to keep them healthy and super-white.
Recommendations for having the perfect smile:
1. Avoid tooth stains
Wine, coffee, and tea all stain our teeth. But life is to be enjoyed, so no one expects you to quit any of these. You can prevent tooth staining by drinking cold beverages with a straw and cleaning your teeth regularly. For extra pearly whites, you can occasionally brush your teeth with baking soda. The effect is immediate.
2. Eat healthy foods
Foods with a firm consistency help clean the teeth while they are being chewed. Apples are great, other good choices are raw carrots and celery. While not a substitute for brushing, crunchy, raw fruits and vegetables can help rub plaque away as you chew.
We are going to talk more about the food you should avoid later.
3. Oil pulling
The ancient practice involves swishing oil around in your mouth for 5 to 10 minutes to remove bacteria, which can turn into plaque and cause your teeth to look yellow. Coconut oil is a popular choice due to its contents of lauric acid, which helps remove bacteria and reduce inflammation.
4. Don't brush your teeth right after you've eaten
You may wonder why, but if you have consumed any acidic foods (such as citrus fruit), avoid brushing your teeth right afterward. The acid can soften your enamel and brushing your teeth immediately after consuming these foods may damage the enamel further. Wait for about 30 minutes after a meal.
5. Get the right tools
Toothbrushes should be replaced every three months. You can use season changes as a reminder (so say, change your toothbrush the first day of winter, then spring, and so on). A tongue scraper is also worth investing in. It may seem strange to use at the beginning but believe us, once you get used to it, you won't imagine living without it. Flossing is also a must. All these work together to remove bacteria that will affect both you oral health and staining.
These foods are totally ruining your teeth
What you eat matters. Food truly has an impact on the entire body and teeth are no exception. You may have top-notch oral hygiene but eating these foods can still impact your pearly whites.
1. Beware of alcohol
Drinking alcohol causes dry mouth, which is harmful because saliva prevents food from sticking to the teeth and washes away food particles. To help keep your mouth hydrated, drink plenty of water, and use fluoride rinses.
2. Ice is dangerous
You can use ice to cool drinks, but don't chew it. Because it damages your tooth enamel.
3. Don't eat so much candy
Candies stick to the teeth for a long time, so they are more likely to cause cavities. If you crave sweets, choose another option like a sweet fruit to take care of your teeth. Sugar is really not your friend.
4. Bread is better forgotten
The breadsticks to the cracks between the teeth. And that can cause cavities. When you're craving carbohydrates, look for less-refined varieties like whole wheat. These contain less added sugars and don't break down easily.
5. Soda is yummy, but it's so bad for your dental health
Soda pop causes plaque to appear on the teeth and this is harmful to our oral health. Look for another healthy alternative such as fruit juice or simply water.