There is no better feeling than being confident in yourself, better yet being confident in your smile. A study conducted by the Australian Orthodontic Society 55% of people are self-conscious about their teeth and 46% of people said their teeth would be the first thing they would change about themselves – even before weight loss!
Having a smile, you feel confident in starts with a good oral health routine and making sure you are keeping up your regular trips to the dentist. That means ensuring you go at least twice a year, for the half-yearly check-ups. Because every smile is unique your dentist will be able to help you determine what you need to do to keep it sparkling and healthy.
If you are looking to boost your confidence even more, why not consider cosmetic dental procedures? These can be anything from tooth whitening, crowns, veneers, braces/aligners, or tooth replacement options.
In the meantime, here are 4 simple tips to ensure your smile sparkles in between your dentist visits.
As you should know, it is extremely important to make sure that you are brushing your teeth twice a day. This helps remove dental plaque and keep both your teeth and gums clean. However, it is also important to remember the dangers of brushing incorrectly; this means brushing too hard. When you brush aggressively with a hard bristled toothbrush it can damage the enamel on your teeth.
Limit sugary drinks/snacks
Water is the best drink you can have when it comes to keeping a good oral hygiene routine. Drinking sugary drinks can increase your risk of tooth decay while drinks that are acidic, such as soda water, have potential to cause damage to the tooth structure.
Sugary, sticky snacks can promote decay the longer it remains in the oral cavity. Sipping water in between snacks will neutralise the mouth
Be cautious around staining drinks
Drinks that can stain your teeth are things such as coffee and wine. If you are going to drink these it is important to consume water after rinsing your mouth. This will reduce the risk of staining on your teeth.
Flossing after a meal not only prevents decay but it ensures that no unwanted bit of food is left stuck between your teeth after you have finished eating. Not only that but if you don’t floss you miss cleaning 35% of the tooth.