Wellbeing | Let Your Smile Do The Talking

Most of us think we take pretty good care of our teeth already, right? Yet, some people seem to have much better teeth than others. While genetics may play a role, the ones with the brightest smiles tend to have better dental habits than the rest of us - and we frequently find them in the office bathroom, brushing their teeth after lunch.

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As it’s impossible to ask them for dental advice while they’re busy brushing their teeth, we might as well start to implement a few of their good habits to make our own smiles a bit brighter. Here is a quick guide to how you can prevent stains and practice excellent gum care so that you’ll be able to confidently show off your smile for a long time to come. Do you brush properly?

As a bare minimum of what a decent person should do to maintain their teeth, brushing is still something a lot of us do wrong. While they may brush for the right amount of time, and even right after a meal, they tend to use the wrong techniques while cleaning, such as only focusing on the top of their teeth and neglecting all the corners and angles. Keep the brush head at a 45-degree angle; that way, you’re removing the bacterias that are close to the gum line. Don’t brush too hard as you might start bleeding, and finish it all off by giving your tongue and the roof of your mouth a quick scrub.

Make sure you do it at least twice a day, and you should be able to smile a bit brighter.

Are you flossing once a day?

Once you get into the habit of flossing, you’ll have a hard time giving it up. It’s the kind of detailed work that will make you quietly occupy the bathroom until someone asks why you’re spending so much time in there.

Floss once a day and do it before you brush your teeth; the water and toothpaste make it tricky for the string to get a proper hold of whatever may be stuck between your teeth still. Some people seem to think that flossing is an unnecessary and borderline obsessive habit and, as long as you brush twice a day, you’re doing an alright job. Brushing doesn’t clean between your teeth, though, and it’s not even designed to get in there, so you have to go through the extra work if you want healthy teeth and gums.

Prevention is key when it comes to good dental care so visit the dentist as soon as you notice any pain; a private health plan should be comprehensive enough to cover trips to the dentist too, which makes it a lot easier to get there before any serious damage occurs.

What about rinsing between meals?

While we don’t always have access to mouthwash at work, it’s a good idea to at least rinse your mouth with water in between meals. You will avoid stains, first of all, after drinking several cups of coffee - and you’ll also help eliminate that bad breath after a hefty lunch.

Think about what you drink during the day and try to eliminate the teeth-decaying stuff you’re able to live without, such as sodas and alcohol. Have a glass of milk instead to stock up on calcium, drink loads of water to rinse your mouth and, of course, to stay hydrated throughout the day.

A mouth that is closed and not really in use is a breeding-ground for bacterias. Just think about how your mouth feels when you wake up in the morning after several hours of not drinking, eating or talking - it’s practically begging for a good rinse.

Treat it to several of them during the day, and your teeth will both look and feel a lot better.
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