A great smile is an attractive feature. Smiling can also boost your mood and make you feel more positive.
Here are our tips to help you brighten your smile:
Establish a good dental routine
It’s vital to remove the food, plaque and bacteria that builds up in your mouth to maintain your dental hygiene and prevent problems such as tooth decay and gum disease.
As dentists say, you should brush your teeth twice a day. For a thorough clean, you should also floss once a day – this allows you to reach the places that your toothbrush can’t easily access. It’s most effective to brush and floss after meals.
Also, consider switching to a natural toothpaste. Some of the chemicals found in common toothpastes are harsh and can weaken your teeth. Natural toothpastes also don’t have any artificial flavours or harmful ingredients. We recommend looking for ones that contain charcoal and essential oils – charcoal can help remove particles that stain your teeth and essential oils can clean and freshen your mouth.
Plaque can build up on your tongue so it’s a good idea to brush your tongue too. Alternatively, you could use a tongue scraper. This will help to get rid of bacteria in your mouth and help prevent bad breath.
Be mindful of your diet
Certain food and drinks can contribute to tooth decay. If the pH in your mouth is too acidic, it can wear down the tooth enamel and allow cavities to form. Acidic foods and drinks include citrus fruits, tomatoes, soft drinks and coffee. You don’t have to avoid these foods altogether; just be mindful of how much you’re consuming.
You can also protect your teeth by eating calcium rich foods. Consuming dairy isn’t the only way to increase your calcium. Fish, green leafy vegetables, beans and almonds are also packed with calcium. Leafy greens can also counteract the effects of acidic food and drinks and strengthen teeth.
Another great tip is to drink more water. It has a neutral pH level, it can wash away the effects of acidic food and drinks, and it can help to remove food lodged between your teeth.
Remember, you’re never fully dressed without a smile!