Keeping your teeth clean is important. Your smile is one of the first things people see and it can impact everything from your appearance to your confidence and more. Unfortunately, good oral hygiene isn’t as simple as brushing your teeth once a day for 15 seconds then swilling with a mouthful of water. In this article, we’ll go over all the elements you should include in your oral hygiene routine for strong, healthy, brilliant teeth.
Brush your teeth twice a day
Everyone knows you should brush your teeth, but not everybody does it correctly. To be most effective, you should try to spend about two minutes brushing your teeth per session. Try to spend the same amount of time brushing all your teeth and ensure to cover all the surfaces – the fronts, backs, and tops of your teeth.
We recommend using a soft-bristled toothbrush and fluoride toothpaste when you brush your teeth. And don’t forget to massage your gums, though not too hard – you don’t want to make your gums bleed. After you’ve brushed your teeth, try not to eat or drink anything for 30 minutes.
Floss once a day
When you floss, don’t forget to floss between all your teeth. Use a fresh section of floss between each tooth and follow the curve of your teeth and go gently to avoid damaging your gums. If you haven’t flossed for a while, you may see some blood when you spit, but this should disappear after a week or so of flossing.
Clean your tongue
You can use your toothbrush or floss to clean your tongue. Make sure you go right to the back of your tongue, but not so far back that it makes you gag. You can also get tongue scrapers, little tools designed specifically for cleaning your tongue. Remember to go gently and try to clean your tongue once a day.
Rinse with mouthwash
After you’ve brushed your teeth, flossed, and cleaned your tongue, now it’s time to rinse your mouth with fluoride based mouthwash. Take a little sip of mouthwash but don’t swallow it. Swish it around your mouth for 30-40 seconds, keeping your lips sealed, then spit. It may sting a little but try not to rinse your mouth with water straight after. Try to rinse your mouth using mouthwash once a day.
Other teeth cleaning tips
In addition to your new-and-improved teeth cleaning regimen, try to eat a healthy balanced diet to keep your teeth strong and healthy. Try to avoid sugary food and drinks, as well as smoking cigarettes, all of which are terrible for your teeth.
Lastly, but most importantly, book regular dental check-ups at your dentist’s. Regular check-ups help spot issues before they become problems, and can keep your teeth cleaner, healthier, and stronger for longer.