What’s the old adage: “smile and the world smiles…” well, you know. Smiles are one of the best ways to show someone you care without even saying a word.
Yet, some people don’t feel comfortable smiling. They may feel embarrassed by plaque or tartar stains, or crooked teeth. Our smiles don’t just communicate friendliness, they also show a strong, healthy body.
If you’re looking to have strong teeth and a healthy smile that you’re proud to show off, keep reading.
Proven Practices for Strong Teeth
For some people, the idea of a pure white smile seems out of reach. No matter how they try, they can’t find the right routine to manage their gum health and a pure white smile.
These 5 tips are researched, proven, and backed up by the American Dental Association (ADA). To feel confident use some of these practices to keep your teeth healthy.
1. Brush Twice Daily
We have all heard this from our dentists at each visit, but how many of us make this a practice every day? Studies show that brushing twice daily is one of the best ways to remove plaque and tartar build-up. Here are some things to consider while brushing daily:
- Brush in small, circular motions
- Brush for at least 2 minutes
- Make sure to brush every tooth on the front, back, and top
- Change your toothbrush every 3 months
2. Floss Once Daily
While brushing takes care of our teeth, floss is essential for great gum health. Healthy teeth start with healthy gums, and one of the greatest ways to promote gum health daily. Here are some benefits of flossing daily:
- Prevents tooth decay and gum disease
- Guards against bad breath
- Promotes health
The ADA has said that healthy habits like flossing can protect against major health concerns like heart disease, strokes, and diabetes. So floss daily for great health.
3. Use Fluoride
A recent study indicates that brushing and flossing alone won’t prevent cavities. To keep cavities and dental caries away, you must also add fluoride, because of this many states have added fluoride to their water supply.
Don’t like tap water? That’s okay. You can buy fluorinated bottled water.
4. See Your Dentist
Most professionals suggest that regular check-ups should be six months apart. If you are an adult who practices good daily oral hygiene habits, you may be able to space out to once a year.
Getting regular check-ups helps prevent plaque, cavities, gingivitis, and gum disease. If plaque is not the problem, but the alignment of your teeth, consider this treatment.
5. Add Mouthwash
For some people, brushing twice a day and flossing once per day is enough. If this isn’t you, consider adding mouthwash to your daily routine. Studies have shown that adding mouthwash to your daily oral care can help guard against plaque, tartar, and gingivitis. Using chlorhexidine, an antibacterial ingredient found in mouthwash, helps control plaque and gingivitis.
Use these daily habits to help promote strong teeth and a healthy smile that builds confidence. Your healthy smile intact will promote a friendly demeanor.
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