A Smile A Day Keeps the Dentist Away
Our teeth go through a lot in their lifetime. If we live past the age of 70, it is likely that we will have lost the majority of them through natural decay; the lifespan of a tooth has not evolved in the same way as our general lifespan has, as the years have gone by and been kinder to us.
There are so many ways to treat our teeth the way that they deserve to be treated, yet many of us rarely do it (only half of us admit to keeping up a regular flossing routine). So what can we do to ensure our smile never fades?
So as previously stated, only half of us floss. The main reason that a number of us don’t is because we haven’t been brought up with it as habit (i.e. shown to us as a positive thing to do by parents or another figure that we would’ve looked up to as children), so it is imperative that if you have a child, you show them what to do when they are age-appropriate. Flossing has evolved so that you don’t even have to rely on the traditional dental-string now to get in between your teeth – interdental brushes such as those made by Wisdom and TePe are gaining in popularity due to dentist recommendations, and come in different sizes to ensure a more thorough clean than traditional floss could ever provide.
It may sound incredibly patronizing, as it is something that we have been doing every day for years, but do you know how to brush your teeth? Have a quick search online for how best to do it. You may be thinking that the whiter your teeth are is a good indicator of how good your brushing technique is, but the colour of your teeth isn’t the main thing that dentists are looking for to show that you are up keeping a good routine. There are things to help you get your teeth looking whiter if brushing isn’t helping – look for reviews on the best teeth whitening strips for a quicker solution if any whitening toothpaste that you have invested in isn’t working as well as you had hoped.
Certain drinks stain – certainly the notable ones like coffee, tea and wine – and not just your carpets if spilt. They can cause marks to appear on teeth that may be hard to get off, if you can get them off at all without cosmetic help. If you drink more water, not only will this help with your general health and wellbeing, but it is also extremely good for your teeth. Any food debris that you have floating around your mouth will be washed away with water without causing any other damage, and it will help your mouth to keep lubricated with saliva. As gross as this sounds, saliva is actually your friend – it contains enamel-strengthening enzymes which fight against tooth decay and help to keep your mouth a happy one.
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