- Don’t use your teeth as tools
When it comes to teeth, one of the biggest mistakes people do is use their teeth like a tool. I have used my teeth to remove tags from clothing, crack nuts and open packages, but it’s very dangerous. We all should know that the teeth are meant only for chewing food and we should never use them as tools. Using your teeth to open bottles and packages can create little fractures in the enamel, which can lead to big cracks and big issues.
- Choose your toothpaste wisely
Sure, it’s easier to buy cheap toothpaste because you might think there’s no difference between expensive and cheap toothpaste. However, it’s essential to choose toothpaste wisely. Most kinds of toothpaste contain glycerin that may do more harm than good. The thing is, glycerin coats the teeth and prevents remineralization. Like bones, teeth are composed of calcium, phosphorus, and other minerals, which are all delivered to teeth through saliva. When these minerals cannot get in teeth, your teeth are not as strong as they should be.
- Brush your teeth every day
While this tip is the easiest, many people forget to brush their teeth twice a day daily. Brushing your teeth regularly removes plaque from the surface of your teeth. Just ensure you brush them correctly. You should hold your toothbrush at about 45 degree angle, where your gums and teeth meet, and brush your teeth gently moving your toothbrush back and forth, using short strokes.
- Clean your tongue
When it comes to a beautiful and healthy smile, I’m sure the last thing that comes to your mind is cleaning your tongue. Believe it or not, it’s important to clean your tongue regularly since it harbors many bacteria. You can brush your tongue using your toothbrush, but I recommend using a tongue scraper.
- Floss each day
One of the best ways to keep your gums and teeth healthy is flossing. Just floss gently using waxed floss; go between every tooth using a gentle rubbing motion and make sure you go below the gum line as you floss.
- Rinse your mouth
After brushing, flossing and scrapping, you need to rinse your mouth with a good mouthwash. You can use diluted hydrogen peroxide, which combat bacteria, or opt for a fluoride rinse, which helps strengthen your teeth as well as prevent cavities. A fluoride rinse is also good for sensitive teeth. It fills in the small holes, which lead to the nerves, and reduces pain.
- Healthy eating
Acidic and sugary foods can be harmful for your teeth. Acidic foods, such as citrus can cause enamel erosion, while sugar can cause plaque and make gum disease worse. To keep teeth beautiful and healthy, it’s recommended to limit the acidic and sugary foods in your diet.