Keeping your teeth clean and white is a part of physical dental health, but it can also boost your confidence, as it helps you to maintain fresh breath and a pleasant smile. However, simply brushing your teeth often isn’t enough to keep them clean. Of course, I recommend consulting with your dentist for specific instructions based on your case. In the meantime, consider these extra steps to ensure you maintain the best oral hygiene you can.
Aim to Floss at Least Once a Day
One of the most effective steps you can take to keep your teeth as clean as possible is to always use floss or a water flosser at least once a day. When you brush your teeth, the bristles can only reach the surface-level debris – not the built-up of food and bacteria that is sitting between your teeth! Flossing is an effective way to remove trapped food and particles and make sure it doesn’t become a problem. Leaving food to fester between your teeth could lead to an increase in plaque or a nasty infection. Aim to floss at least once a day, especially after a meal or snack. Always be gentle when using dental floss, as it can irritate sensitive gums.
Minimize Drinks Like Wine & Coffee
Drinks such as red wine, coffee, and tea can cause staining and discoloration which dulls the enamel. If you regularly drink these beverages, consider cutting back or even saying goodbye completely. However, if you find it hard to kick your habit and need another solution, try brushing after consumption or using a quality mouth wash. Some products target these types of stains, so ask your dentist what would work best for you.
Use a Whitening Toothpaste
One thing that you can do to brighten up your teeth is to use whitening toothpaste every day. That said if your teeth tend to be sensitive, make sure to use a formula that is designed for sensitive teeth. I have used several types of toothpaste and find that the more natural versions work the best without creating more pain from sensitivity. Again, ask your dentist for advice for your specific case.
Visit Your Dentist Regularly
Your dentist and dental hygienist can provide you with cleaning tips and additional services to keep your teeth in top condition, from a simple scale and polish to more intense services like dental debridement. They can also spot the signs of more serious problems that could be jeopardizing your oral health and hygiene. You might also want to have an emergency dentist of some kind that you can rely on to help in an emergency. Aim to visit your dentist at least once every 6 months to ensure your teeth and gums are healthy.