When it comes to the perfect smile, the image of the flawless Hollywood pearly teeth immediately pops in mind. Unfortunately, natural teeth are rarely perfect, and those Hollywood smiles are far from natural. The amount of money that was spent on those smiles will make your head spin. However, this fact shouldn’t discourage you from keeping your teeth healthy and white. In fact, you can do a lot with a regular regime and the right set of products. You will probably not have the set of teeth of Brad Pit or Megan Fox, but you will have healthy teeth and an attractive white smile. Here is how.
1. Brush After Every Meal, Floss At Least Once a Day
This is the most straightforward rule of all, but at the same time, it is the most important one. Brushing the teeth after every meal cleans the enamel and washes away all the leftovers from the food. If these leftovers remain in between and all around the teeth and gums, bacteria will nest in the same place, which can cause different teeth diseases.
Sometimes you are not able to brush the teeth after every meal, so you can settle for brushing after breakfast and before going to bed. During the day, use dental floss at least once to floss the teeth. Never find excuses to accomplish this daily goal, and if you haven’t been doing this so far, you will notice a huge difference in the whiteness and the overall conditional of the teeth.
2. Avoid Sugary, Sticky, Hot and Cold Food and Drinks
Food and Drinks that have a lot of sugar in it or stick to the teeth (like the hard candy, lollipops, etc.) have a hazardous effect on the teeth. If consumed often, these will destroy the enamel – the protective layer of the teeth, and expose the inner layer (the dentin) to exterior stimuli. The feeling is not pleasant at all, as this is how tooth sensitivity comes to exist.
For that reason, protecting the enamel is very important. Avoid such types of food because not only are they not healthy for your teeth, but also they are not healthy for your body. It is OK to consume them once in a while, just don’t make a habit out of it.
3. Use Safe Teeth Whitening Products
You have probably come across lots of videos about instant teeth whitening products on social media. And you think, “WOW.” Well, it is not really a “Wow – moment.” Yes, there are whitening kits that can give instant results, but these damages the enamel so bad that it make the teeth fragile and susceptible to pain. What good will your white teeth do if they are not healthy?
Instead, it would be best if you opted for safe teeth whitening products that will whiten your teeth step by step and keep them healthy in the process. The best of all is that such products can be used at home and you don’t have to waste time and money at the dentist’s office. You should, however, consult with your dentist about the type and dosage of the product.
4. Regular Check-Ups at the Dentist
You shouldn’t go to the dentist only when you have a toothache or any other kind of a dental problem. To avoid your teeth catching a disease, you should make sure you visit the dentist twice a year. Regular check-ups are what is going to keep you from scary dental procedures and, at the same time, make your teeth look and feel excellent.
5. Consume Calcium-Rich Foods and Drinks
Finally, a long term plan for you (and one that should be started immediately after you get your permanent teeth) is to drink and eat calcium-rich drinks and food. For example, low-fat or fat-free milk, yogurt, cheese, and soy drinks, as well as canned salmon, dark green leafy vegetables and almonds, must be part of your diet as they are crucial for having strong teeth and bones.
Don’t Use Your Teeth for Anything Other than Chewing Food
A situation: you can’t open the cap of the bottle, or you can’t tear the plastic bag of the pasta to cook a meal, so you use your teeth to open them. You press a bit harder and – you chip the tooth! OK, you probably had done this before, and you hadn’t cracked a tooth, however, this I something that very often happens. Teeth are for chewing, nothing else. You can’t use them as a tool for opening bottles, jars, plastic bags, or pressing something hard. You will end up with a chipped and even a broken tooth if you do.
The Bottom Line
Keeping your teeth healthy is a priority. When your teeth are healthy, you can do step 2 – whiten them by using safe teeth whitening products. Oral hygiene is the basis of optimal general health. Neglect it and see how problems arise – from dental problems to other general health problems and various diseases.