7 Tips to Keep Clean Teeth
If you are sick and tired of looking in the mirror and seeing what used to be sparkling whites, now a dull yellowish color, keep reading. Luckily there are a few hacks that have been proven to help reduce this discoloration and keep your teeth clean and healthy.
Tips for Cleaner Teeth
Tip #1: Steer clear of all that can discolor your teeth. This includes things such as coffee, wine, black tea, gravies, dark juices, smoke, etc. These everyday uses can be detrimental to your bright white smile. Giving up some of these pleasures seems a little extreme, so a way to get away with it is to at least make sure you brush your teeth right after indulging in these dye-filled food and drink. Sugar also increases tooth decay and can cause your tooth enamel to wear away.
Tip #2: Be sure to FLOSS daily. We have all heard the spiel of how important flossing your teeth can be. When you go to the dentist we may bluff a little when the dentists ask us if we floss regularly. Flossing your teeth is actually a very important thing to do. There is really no excuse why we can’t floss every day. If you don’t like the traditional string floss, there are also little hand held flossers that are perfect for on the go use! Unlike brushing your teeth, you can floss anywhere! On the plane, in the car, while at work, in bed, and more!
Tip #3: For those of you who may forget about Tip #2, there is an alternative; however, not a solution. Eating foods that are firm, rigid, or crisp can actually help clean your teeth as you eat them. Apples are known as ‘Nature’s Toothbrush” and work great for cleaning your teeth! Other foods include popcorn, crisp, raw veggies and nuts.
Tip #4: Gargling with apple cider vinegar may sound awful, but it really works! All you have to do is gargle in the morning when you get up, and then brush right after as you normally would. Vinegar helps eliminate stains on teeth and also kills bacteria in the mouth and gums that can cause bad breath.
Tip #5: Brushing your teeth with baking soda is an excellent way to keep those pearly whites sparkling. Baking soda not only removes stains, but it whitens your teeth as well! Another thing many people might not know is you can also brush your teeth with salt. Occasionally your gums might feel a little raw after brushing with salt, but you can alternate if you feel that it is beginning to irritate your gums. If the taste bothers you, you can brush your teeth with regular toothpaste or use mouth wash after brushing with baking soda or salt to eliminate the taste.
Tip #6: Replacing your toothbrush might not be the first thing that comes to mind when you think of ways to improve your tooth health, but actually there are numerous germs that live on and in the toothbrush. By switching your toothbrush out regularly, you can reduce the amount of bacteria that enters your mouth and can lead to bad breath.
Tip #7: The most obvious thing you can do to keep your teeth clean is to go to the dentist regularly! Going to the dentist ensures that you are indeed keeping your teeth clean and healthy. They can monitor how your teeth look and if there are any cavities or other issues.
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Posted on: Tuesday, May 2, 2017
Last modified on: Wednesday, June 7, 2017