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Our smiles are very important to your overall look. After all, they are probably one of the first things people notice about us! So a perfect smile is key to looking good and feeling confident. But, having said that, there are still some of us who don’t take particularly good care of our oral health. When our oral hygiene lapses, it has a detrimental effect on our pearly white smile. Are you interested in keeping on top of the health of your teeth and gums? Here’s everything you need to know to get the smile you’ve always wanted.

Cut Down On Sugary Food

Sugar can cause serious damage to our teeth. Not only is a low-sugar diet good for our overall health and fitness, but it is also necessary to maintain great oral hygiene. If you eat too many sugary foods, your teeth will be at risk of cavities and tooth decay. This can cause pain and discomfort and, in some circumstances, will result in you having some teeth removed. And a gap in your teeth is a sure way to ruin your smile! So think about your teeth next time you reach for a candy bar – you will be better off snacking on carrot sticks and other healthy snacks! It is also a good idea to cut down on coffee and tea, as these can cause significant yellowing of your teeth. Want a drink that won’t damage your teeth at all? Then stick to water!

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Stop Bad Habits

Smoking and drinking too much alcohol are bad for your teeth and gums. If you regularly smoke, you will be at a higher risk of gum disease. Not only that, though. Smokers also suffer from bad breath and yellow stains on their teeth. So if you want a healthy mouth and white smile, it is a good idea to ditch the cigarettes. Ditching alcohol is also a good idea as well. Not only does drinking alcohol increase your risk of mouth cancer, but it also leads to the enamel on your teeth eroding away. Enamel is a protective coating on your teeth. Once this disappears, you will find that you need fillings and other dental work much more often than usual.

Brush Regularly

Brushing your teeth is one of the best ways to keep them clean and healthy. If you have time, brush after every meal. But twice a day is the very minimum you should be brushing – once in the morning and then again just before you go to bed. By brushing, you are removing old bits of food that are stuck between your teeth as well as any plaque that has built up. One way to improve your brushing is to use toothpaste that has a good level of fluoride in it. Fluoride is a naturally occurring compound that is found in water. It is often added to toothpaste as it can strengthen teeth. 

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Floss And Mouthwash

Many people forget to floss their teeth and swill their mouth out with mouthwash. Both very important steps in the teeth cleaning process! After you have brushed your teeth, remember to floss them. This simply requires you to run some dental floss in between all your teeth. This helps to remove all the leftover food that your toothbrush cannot reach. Using mouthwash should be the final step in your teeth cleaning routine. There are lots of different brands of mouthwash in the shops- Not sure which one to choose? Try and find one that is antibacterial and has been enriched with fluoride. After brushing and flossing, take a small mouthful of mouthwash, swill it around, and spit it out. All done! Now your teeth will be clean, and your breath will be very fresh and minty!

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Visit Your Dentist

If you go to your dentist for regular checkups, he or she will be able to give you any required treatment to help fix any dental issues. Try to visit every six months so that your dentist can spot any problems before they develop and become very painful. You can also speak to him or her about oral hygiene. If you have any questions about your routine, ask them to make sure that you are doing everything needed to take care of your teeth. They will also be able to recommend any toothbrushes or toothpastes that can help you improve the health of your teeth and mouth. If anything is particularly wrong with your teeth, your dentist can also refer you to an oral hygienist for a thorough clean. They can also send you to a hospital to see a specialist if your teeth or gums are very damaged.

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Cosmetic Treatments

Even if your teeth are healthy, you may not be happy with their overall appearance. There are some cosmetic treatments that can give you more confidence. Lots of people choose to have their teeth whitened. You can either do this yourself at home or ask your dentist to carry out the procedure. Doing it yourself can be a lot cheaper than getting a professional to do it. However, the results won’t last for quite as long. If your dentist whitens your teeth, he will use a mild bleach solution to remove any stains and return your gnashers to their natural color. Worried your teeth may be crooked? There is also a treatment for that as well! You dentist can apply braces to your teeth. You will need to wear them for a few months. Over this time, they will slowly pull your teeth into line with one another. For more information, learn about aesthetic dentistry here.

Hopefully, this guide to teeth cleaning and oral hygiene will help you get the smile you’ve always wanted. If you stick to all of the steps mentioned above, you will notice great results in no time at all. Once you are happy with your smile, you will find that your confidence is boosted. So you might not be able to stop smiling and flashing your perfect teeth!