Your smile is one of the first things people notice about you. If you’re afraid to flash those pearly whites, you may need a bit of a refresher on dental hygiene.
Keeping your smile both healthy and beautiful isn’t difficult, but it does require commitment.
Here are best things you can do to maintain a healthy teeth and gums for a lifetime of beautiful smiles.
1. Visit your dentist regularly
No matter how busy you are, make time for the dentist and at least because he can spot signs of serious illness that shouldn't be ignored.
For example, gum disease can be a sign of uncontrolled diabetes. Plus, oral cancer is more common after 40, your dentist will look for symptoms, such as unusual swelling or sores, as well as painless lesions.
Dental cleanings and checkups is also very important for strong cleaning of your teeth and gums.
2. Avoid smoking
Smoking causes staining to your teeth. The stain from smoke is sometimes a superficial stain that can be polished off, but it can also soak deep into the enamel.
Smoking also damages healthy gums, causing them to recede and develop large pockets around the teeth.
This makes teeth appear longer and creates dark spaces between them. Smoking also makes it very difficult to reverse gum disease.
3. Limit your coffee, tea, and red wine
Drinks like coffee, tea, and red wine are known for staining teeth. Similar to smoking, these drinks can build up a superficial stain that your dentist or hygienist can polish off. But they can also cause internal staining of your tooth enamel.
Drinking through a straw can help reduce the stain on your teeth and may help reduce the risk of tooth decay. It can also help to rinse your mouth frequently with water so the dark liquid does not sit on your teeth for a long period between meals.
4. Floss every day
Brushing is great for cleaning the surface of your teeth, but it can’t reach in between your teeth where bacteria hides. Daily flossing will get rid of food residue that causes decay.
Use 18 inches of floss, and gently work it between each tooth, bringing it up around the tooth where it meets your gum line.
Keep the floss angled into a C shape around the tooth, which covers more surface area and is less irritating to the gums.
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