For one reason or another, good oral hygiene habits aren’t quite as common place in the US as they probably should be – and certainly not as commonplace as they could be.
Sure, every now and again you’ll come across someone that is almost fanatical about taking care of their smile, making sure that it is Hollywood white and perfectly aligned, but the overwhelming majority of people out there are just going through the motions of brushing their teeth once a day bright and early in the morning and then calling it good.
This is a major mistake, and one that you simply cannot afford to make any longer if you want your smile to really sparkle.
Thankfully, it’s a lot easier to triage your smile care and get back on track the right way so that you too have a brilliant white smile in no time at all – one free of gum disease, cavities, and all kinds of other dental health issues.
Shall we jump right in?
Take the time to brush your teeth right twice a day
It’s going to be absolutely impossible to maintain a brilliant white smile if you aren’t brushing your teeth the right way at least twice a day.
Most people simply stuff their toothbrush with a little bit of toothpaste in their mouth and give it the old “once over” in the morning (and maybe once again at night if they aren’t too tired), but not you. No, you know that you need to spend at least two minutes brushing your teeth with a soft bristles and a quality toothpaste at least twice a day – but never closer than 30 minutes away from the last time that you ate.
This alone will definitely upgrade your smile faster than you ever thought possible.
Fall in love with fluoride infused toothpaste
Even though there was some pretty bad press in the early 2000’s in regards to fluoride, more and more dentists have come around to the fact that it is a critical component of modern dental care, and a big piece of the puzzle when it comes to keeping your smile happy and healthy.
You’re going to want to think about going with a fluoride infused toothpaste if you’d like to boost the strength of your tooth enamel and dramatically reduce the rate of decay that you may be dealing with.
Poke around with floss
Some people absolutely love flossing their teeth, while others cannot be bothered – but you’re going to want to fall squarely in that first group if you want your smile to stay beautiful.
If you aren’t crazy about the idea of stuffing a little piece of string between each and every one of your teeth with nothing more than your fingers every morning (and especially every night), you might want to get your hands on floss sticks.
These tiny little sticks make the job a lot more palatable foremost, and a lot more convenient!
Kick acid to the curb
Acidic foods and drinks wreak absolute havoc on your teeth, and do their very best to melt away to have enamel until you have cavities that compromise the very structure of your smile.
The best way to limit the damage that acidic foods and drinks are going to be able to do to your smile is to cut back on them as much as you can. Eliminating them entirely probably isn’t all that reasonable (who could go without juice for the rest of their days?), but you’re going to want to do your best to try and really cut down on your acidic intake.
Try not to tax your teeth too much
For a bunch of different reasons, people like to use their teeth for pretty much anything and everything they can think of – instead of just using their teeth to chew!
You’ll want to do whatever you can to cut back on using your teeth like a caveman bottle opener, if for no other reason than to simply avoid the kind of accidental damage that using your teeth as a multi tool can cause. Even though teeth feel pretty rock solid, they are actually quite soft, and once you crack them there a real nightmare to repair.
Schedule dental checkups at least once a year
At the end of the day, you’re going to want to try and schedule dental checkups with a dentist that you trust at least once a year – and maybe even once every six months if you’re really hoping to keep your smile on track.
Most people aren’t all that crazy about visiting the dentist in the first place, but these professionals are going to be able to make sure that you are doing everything in your power to enjoy a brilliant white smile, and only they’ll be able to point you in the right direction if you need to head off a serious dental issue before it becomes a nightmare situation.