A lot of people think that just by brushing their teeth they’re keeping their teeth healthy. In reality, keeping your teeth healthy involves quite a bit more than that. Brushing your teeth can help you get rid of bacteria and plaque on your teeth, but alone will not give you the bright shining smile and great dental health you want.
Here are 7 tips to help you really keep your teeth healthy
Tip #1: Avoid Coloring Foods
Avoid things like red wine, black coffee and cigarettes. These all have the same effect of tarring and discoloring your teeth. One or two drinks a month won’t hurt, but if you’re doing it regularly it’ll really show in a few months or years.
Tip #2: Avoid Corrosive Drinks
Avoid drinks that contain citric acid and/or phosphorus acid. The biggest offenders are soft drinks.
Avoid Coca-Cola, Pepsi, 7-up, Dr. Pepper and any other types of soft drink that contain either of these ingredients. Just read the back of the bottle to be sure.
Tip #3: Avoid Extended Sweets
Everyone knows that eating sweets is bad for teeth. That goes without saying. For most people though, that alone isn’t reason enough to stop eating sweets.
While it’s unrealistic to expect everyone to stop eating sweets entirely, the one thing you should absolutely avoid are sweets that stay in your mouth for a long time. For example, lollipops. These subject your teeth to a constant attack of acids that break down your enamels.
Tip #4: Floss Regularly
A lot of plaque, bacteria and bits of food can hide out between the cracks of your teeth. If you’re not flossing regularly, it can hurt your gums and deteriorate your overall dental health.
Flossing literally takes about a minute. It might take a month or so to get used to it. It’s definitely a habit worth developing.
Tip #5: Go to a Dentist Twice a Year
Go to a dentist twice a year for a deep cleaning and for your dental checkup.
Getting regular checkups will help ensure that no unexpected dental issues develop. The deep cleaning will help you get rid of any plaque or bacteria that you miss during your normal tooth brushing.
Tip #6: Replace Your Toothbrush Every 3 Months
If you don’t replace your toothbrush regularly, you’re just going to be putting old bacteria back into your mouth. It’s counter-productive.
Furthermore, a new toothbrush costs less than $10.
If you’re using an electric toothbrush, replace your brush head every 3 months.
Tip #7: Use Mouth Wash
Did you know that quite a lot of bacteria never gets touched when you brush your teeth? They can hide out between your teeth, on your tongue, under your tongue, on your cheeks and in other hard to reach places in your mouth.
Rinsing your mouth with mouthwash takes care of all of this. Just swish and spit twice a day and your dental health will drastically improve.
These 7 tips will help give you better teeth than the vast majority of other people. Remember – Brushing your teeth isn’t enough!
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