We are all taught from an early age that we need to brush our teeth twice a day, but other than that do you really know how to take care of your teeth? And we mean, REALLY take care of your teeth?
It would be easy to argue no, considering the fact that more and more of us of suffering from plaque, cavities and teeth discoloration. Yet these problems are not always your fault.
Sometimes, teeth discoloration is beyond your control…
So what is causing it?
Sugary foods, wine, coffee, cigarettes… each of these can contribute to the build up of plaque and ultimately teeth discoloration. Yet the real problem actually lies with how well you take care of your teeth.
You see, over the course of the day it is inevitable that your teeth with accumulate food debris. Now, as long as you properly brush this debris away at night you can limit staining and the build up of plaque. However fail to take care of your teeth, and over time your teeth with become damaged and discolored.
How can I prevent it?
You don’t have to let your teeth fall prey to poor hygiene. Below we have highlighted a few tips which can help you to improve the health and appearance of your teeth:
Use the right type of tooth brush – most dentists recommend using a softer brush with rounded ends as these will be gentler on your gums and cause fewer scratches.
Brush regularly – now we are not suggesting that you carry a tooth brush with you everywhere or that you brush your teeth every time you eat or drink, but brushing your teeth in the middle of the day (after lunch) – as well as after breakfast and before bedtime – will help to improve the health of your teeth.
Brush properly – the most effective way to brush your teeth is to place the bristles at a 45 degree angle to your gums before moving in small, circular motions – these strokes should be repeated at least 20 times (3 teeth at a time).Now when it comes to the inside of your teeth, insert the brush vertically and use the heel of the brush to remove any debris.It is generally recommended that you brush for 3-5 minutes.
Create a full routine – your tooth brush will not be able to remove all food debris which is why it is important that you also floss and use inter dental brushes. Mouth washes can also help to wash away debris. Just be careful to not use them too regularly as some can cause damage to your teeth if used too excessively.
- Change your tooth brush – you should roughly change your tooth brush every 3 months as by this point your bristles will have flared.
What if my teeth are still stained?
Proper dental hygiene will certainly help to improve the appearance of your teeth, however it won’t remove all staining, especially if you regularly smoke and drink coffee.
Fortunately you no longer have to live with this staining. In fact, it is now possible to afford-ably whiten your teeth without having to spend hundreds of pounds at the dentist: teeth whitening.
Home teeth whitening gels are an incredibly easy way to brighten your smile, as they use the very same Carbamide Peroxide gel used by dentists, to help whiten your teeth by up to 11 shades in a few weeks. The only difference between them is the creators of these gels have chosen to cut out the middleman (your dentist) and sell their teeth whitening gel directly to you.
Some big brand whitening gels have been used by dentists for over 20 years to help whiten teeth; however you can now readily buy it online and safely use it to remove staining, improve your smile and boost your confidence.
How do teeth whitening gels work?
Containing 120ml/cc of 16% Carbamide Peroxide, as this gels enters the pores on your teeth it creates active oxygen which converts colored compounds into colorless compounds. Simply apply this gel to the tooth mould you are supplied with and in 30 minutes, it is possible to notice reduced staining.
Taking care of your teeth can do more than help to improve their appearance. With long term care and attention, you can ensure for a healthier future and make sure your smile remains 100% yours.
So take the time to brush properly and experience the benefits of a healthier, more dazzling smile…
Thank you for reading, my name is Tracy, a dental assistant from London and I have looked into various methods to help educate people not only how to whiten teeth but how to keep your teeth and gums healthy.
Do you follow my advice? Did you learn anything new or do you have something to add? Please leave a comment if you do, I would love to hear from you.