How to Maintain a Healthy Smile

Simple tips to achieve a whiter, brighter and healthy smile

A beautiful, healthy smile is something we all strive to have and we can all achieve by following a simple dental regime and maintaining great oral health. Looking after your teeth to get that healthy smile will make you more confident and a happier person. Follow these tips:

Visit the dentist regularly

If you really want to care for your teeth it’s important to get an expert to check them on a regular basis. Your dentist in Essex will let you know how your teeth are looking, if there is any part of your dental care routine that needs help and how often you should attend appointments.

If visiting the dentist makes you anxious then talk to them when confirming your appointment. They will want to help you and you can work together to find ways to calm your nerves.

Don’t forget to floss

Cleaning between your teeth is a crucial step in your routine and is often overlooked by people. Using floss or interdental brushes (whichever works best for your teeth) can help prevent gum disease by removing pesky bits of food or plaque sandwiched in the gaps between your teeth. You should aim to do this once a day.

The ‘two-two’ rule

Most people will know that it is recommended to brush your teeth for two minutes two times a day. You should do this once in the morning and just before you go to bed. If you feel you’re not hitting that two minute goal, then either buy a small timer to keep by the sink or use a handy phone app.

Don’t rinse

Once you’ve completed two minutes of brushing, don’t rinse your mouth. If you do rinse immediately then you will be washing away the fluoride left over from the toothpaste. Leave the remaining fluoride on your teeth to maximise its effects.

When to mouthwash

A fluoride mouthwash can be a great addition to an effective oral health regime, but ensure you’re using it at the right time. A common mistake to make is to use mouthwash right after brushing, but this will remove any concentrated fluoride left over from your toothpaste. Instead you can rinse with mouthwash at another time of day – perhaps after lunch.

Replace your toothbrush

Whether you use manual or electric, you need to change your toothbrush every two to three months. This is essential in achieving healthy teeth. After this period of time the brush will loose its effectiveness due to harbouring dirt and germs and the softening or misshaping of bristles.

 

You should now be armed with all the knowledge you need to get that dazzling, healthy smile.

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