It doesn’t take much to strengthen your smile into your strongest asset. Don’t believe us? Read on.
Dental health is as important as it gets because we get one (adult) set of teeth — and that’s it! However, many people still do not take dental hygiene seriously. In fact, dental issues are sometimes overlooked until a visit to the dentist becomes absolutely necessary.
The fact of the matter is that you can do a lot of good to your teeth just by engaging in the following good dental habits on a day-to-day basis. The best part is that they are not difficult to follow.
1. Follow the Two-Minute Rule
Brush your teeth twice daily, once in the morning and once before you go to sleep. As for how long you should be brushing, dentists will usually recommend about two minutes — that’s shorter than the average pop song on the radio. So brush your teeth, hum your favourite tune and, by the time you’re at the second chorus, you’ll be done!
2. Be Gentle On Your Teeth
Plaque build-up is bad, but that doesn’t mean that you should clean it as if you are scrubbing the kitchen floor. In fact, brushing too hard may damage your tooth enamel. Instead, angle your toothbrush at a 45-degree angle, then gentle move in a circular motion. Also, change your toothbrush every three months for maximum effectiveness.
3. Drink Tea!
This one’s an easy habit to develop. Compounds in black tea kill bacteria that cause gum inflammation, which in turn may lead to gingivitis. However, make sure to go slow with sugar, as sugar can erode tooth enamel.
4. Don’t Skip on Check-Ups
Don’t wait until you are experiencing toothaches or bleeding gums to visit the dentist. Instead, schedule regular check-ups, preferably once every six months. That should be more than enough to keep things in tip-top condition in your mouth.
5. A Little Extra Help
Aside from the right brushing techniques and regular check-ups, you want the right toothpaste to go along with it. Just as importantly, make sure you’re using it right. Sometimes, people don’t use a toothpaste regularly enough, and stop before they can enjoy respite from discomfort. For example, if used twice a day, Colgate Sensitive Pro-Relief doesn’t just provide instant relief from sensitivity when used as directed: it offers lasting relief, too, as it builds up a protective layer around your teeth, sealing the open channels that cause tooth sensitivity. Think of it like a builder who, day after day, covers the holes in your house that let in chilly breezes.