5 Tips for a Healthier Smile
Think about the first time you meet someone. More likely than not, you break into a big smile. But what do you do if that smile isn’t exactly dazzling? How can you feel more confident in your pearly whites?
Don’t worry. We’ve put together our top five tips to get you a healthy, happy, beautiful smile.
Tip 1: See the Dentist. More.
Okay, okay. You hear it a lot: you need to see the dentist annually. But it turns out that most adults actually should be seeing their dentist every 90 days! When dentists do cleanings, they wash out all of those gross bacteria in your mouth, but in adults, that bacteria can come crawling back in just three months!
We get it, though. Dentist appointments that often can get to be a hassle. If you can’t get in every 90 days, make sure that you’re at least seeing your dentist every 6-12 months.
Tip 2: Start Brushing AND Flossing.
Did you know that sixty percent of adults don’t floss as much as they should? That’s a huge chunk of the population! Make sure to brush your teeth twice a day for two minutes, and to floss at least once a day with a flossing tool like our Floss-Pick-Brushes. That way you can be sure that all of your dentist’s hard work pays off.
Tip 3: Change Out Your Toothbrush.
A good toothbrush is essential for healthy teeth, but using an old toothbrush can be almost as bad as not brushing at all. Bacteria can build up in bristles over time, even if the head is protected by a toothbrush cover. If that’s not bad enough, toothbrushes that are stored in shared bathrooms can get contaminated by fecal matter. Gross!
Switch out your toothbrush about every three months, or when you start to notice those bristles bending. In fact, unless you just recently picked up a new brush, it’s probably time to grab a new one. Pick up our Better Toothbrush and put your old brush to rest.
Tip 4: Eat with Teeth in Mind.
Okay. Maybe not literally, since that sounds kind of gross. But it’s still important to make sure that your meals are made up of food that’s healthy for you and your teeth. Stock up on dairy, fruits, vegetables, and water, and make sure to avoid food that can soften your enamel or promote cavities.
Tip 5: Strive for Healthy, Not White.
Here’s something that might surprise you: a lot of whitening products can actually do a lot of damage to your teeth. This can lead to sensitive teeth, increased staining, and more.
Here’s something else you might not know: not all white teeth are the same. Every person’s healthy tooth shade is different. Think of it like eye color. What might be gleaming and healthy for one person could be dangerous and detrimental for another. Focus on keeping your teeth clean, not on bleaching to Hollywood perfection. Trust us. It’ll make your smile much brighter.
No matter what you do, make sure that you rock that healthy smile of yours. You worked hard to get it, and it takes a lot of maintenance. Be proud, smile, and brighten up everyone’s day.