As we all know, one of the first parts of a person we notice when we first see them is their teeth. Maintaining your teeth is not only highly beneficial for your health, but also improves your overall appearance to those you meet. (It also gives you a good self confidence boost!)
Starting with the most obvious step:
Brush Your Teeth!
As there are many different kinds of toothbrushes on the market, it can sometimes be hard to find one that you may think is good. Most of the toothbrushes are the same, so the key thing to look out for is finding one that has soft bristles and a tongue cleaner. It really doesn't matter as much as what toothbrush you have, but more of how you use it. I recommend any toothbrush that Oral-B makes or one of the electric ones!
Starting in the back of your mouth, clean the sides, top and bottom, and work your way to the front. To maintain good oral hygiene, it is a necessity to remember that even though you can't see the back teeth when smiling, these are the ones which normally give people problems if not taken care of properly.
What Toothpaste do I use?
If you are looking to get and maintain a whiter smile - I recommend Crest 3D WHITE Toothpaste, as it definitely whitens your smile very quickly and leaves you with fresh breath. If your teeth tend to be sensitive, I recommend Sensodyne toothpaste, as it helps with sensitivity to teeth nerves and gums. There has been some controversy with the little beads that are mixed in with the toothpaste and them getting stuck in your gums, but to avoid this, just rinse your mouth out with mouthwash as you will see in the next step.
As you may tell, I am in love with the Crest 3D line, as it definitely whitens your teeth substantially. The mouthwash is one that definitely leaves you with fresh breath, and definitely white teeth. After brushing, use this, and then on to the next step, flossing.
This is one of the most important steps, as it can prevent yellow and decayed teeth, and bad breath. Flossing can get in-between tight teeth and remove plaque and residue from the day that can brushing can leave behind. Your gums should naturally appear pinky, not red or inflamed. Flossing is a vital component of getting white teeth as it gets more plaque off and saves you from getting cavities, as well as helping to whiten your teeth!
Some people don't only want to have fresh, healthy mouths, but they also want that beautiful, pearly white smile. I have been using Crest 3D whitestrips once in a while, and they do help, but I find that they can and sometimes do irritate your gums, but my teeth do become whiter. Try to not use these too often as they can damage your enamel, and sometimes doing the steps above can pay off much more than using these strips. All-in-all, they still do work and I love them for when I feel like I want to get a whiter smile for a special event or day!
These tips listed above will help you to get a gorgeous healthy white smile, but there are also lifestyle changes that can help you boost your oral health and teeth. To get great white teeth, you can:
- Chew gum. This produces more saliva and can eliminate all of the particles that can get stuck around your teeth, and will get rid of bad breath!
- Avoid sugary drinks. These stain your teeth easily and degrade your teeth, and most times you feel gross afterwards! This will not only benefit your oral health, but also your general well being. You'll feel a million times better!
- Focus on the health of your teeth, not just the colour of them. White teeth doesn't always necessarily mean healthy!
- Obviously, follow all the steps above in the morning and at night.