As they say, smile and the world smiles with you, cry and you cry alone. A welcoming smile and a flash of your pearly whites can make a big difference to the first impression you give to those you meet. There are many ways to emphasise your smile, to make the most of your pearly whites and to ensure that your teeth are healthy.
Brushing your teeth
A survey by “National Smile Month” (http://www.nationalsmilemonth.org/facts-figures/) confirms that only 25% of adults in the UK brush their teeth twice a day. Indeed one in 10 admit to forgetting to brush their teeth on a daily basis. Brushing your teeth twice a day is one of the more successful ways to fight tooth decay. It also ensures that your breath remains fresh, food particles are dislodged as soon as possible and those pearly whites remain gleaming for longer.
Experts recommend that you replace your toothbrush or brush attachment every three months and under no circumstances should you share a toothbrush – this can very quickly spread infections!
For many people electric toothbrushes are like Marmite, you either love them or you hate them, but they do have an interesting role to play. The speed at which the brush head rotates can cause a flow of fluid which ensures that stubborn food particles are detached more often than when using a traditional toothbrush. Whether or not an electric toothbrush is “better” is debatable because if either one is used correctly then they will certainly have a positive impact on your dental health.
Flossing is not just cosmetic
Many people believe that flossing your teeth is simply for cosmetic purposes and has relative little to do with your overall dental health. The reality is that flossing is not just a means of dislodging that stubborn food particle but regular flossing has been shown to reduce gum disease and avoid bad breath. Flossing alone will be relatively ineffective compared to other options, but carried out in tandem with regular brushing it can make a huge difference.
Is mouthwash effective?
There are alcohol and non-alcohol mouthwash products available because obviously those which include alcohol are not suitable for children. They can also create a dry mouth and cracked lips, which is why there has been a significant move towards non-alcoholic mouthwash in recent times. While many people tend to use mouthwash just before or just after brushing, it is advisable to use mouthwash between brushing your teeth. Not only does this help to dislodge food particles but it also helps to maintain high levels of dental hygiene throughout the day.
Avoiding bad breath
Whether we are talking about halitosis, morning breath or simply an unpleasant odour, bad breath is a problem for many people which can be fairly easily addressed. Research shows that bad breath is simply a build-up of bacteria which is not flushed from the mouth and is often hidden in broken or cracked teeth and just under the gum line. We also know that bacteria thrives in “dry mouths” which is why many people wake up with “morning breath”, especially if you sleep with your mouth open. If you have a gum guard there is every chance that this will also lead to a dry mouth and encourage the build-up of bacteria. Regular brushing, rehydration of the mouth and the use of additional products such as mouthwash will have a significant impact upon those living with bad breath.
Manage those pearly whites and they will last a lifetime
Regular brushing, flossing, use of mouthwash and avoidance of dry mouth where possible are just some of the ways in which you can avoid issues such as bad breath. There are a couple of simple ways in which to test for bad breath which include checking the back of the tongue for a white coating. This can often indicate the build-up of bacteria and the use of tongue cleaners is very useful in this situation. The simplest way to test for bad breath is to clean an area on the top of your hand, lick it and then wait for it to dry. Once the saliva has dried you will be able to smell an odour if you have bad breath, then you can take the appropriate action to address the issue.