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10 Tips to great oral hygiene

Updated on March 6, 2016

The quest for a whiter brighter smile is easy if you can afford it. Having a natural smile with good oral hygiene is even more important.

Not caring for your teeth and gums can lead to tooth loss and other medical problems such as infection and heart disease.

See the 10 tips below for a brighter smile:

1. Floss Regularly

Make sure you floss at least once a day, brushing regularly isn't enough. It's important to remove particles of food and other substances from your teeth. With flossing tape you can go deep between each tooth and remove any unwanted bits of food. Using mouthwash is never enough so make sure you reach for the flossing tape regularly and remove the food that will eventually turn into plaque.

2. Cut down on coffee, alcohol and fizzy drinks

Each of the above contains a high level of phosphorous. Although this is a necessary mineral for a healthy body it can also deplete the level of calcium in your body.

Fizzy drinks contain additives and food dyes that can discolour your teeth. Instead drink milk regularly, it will strengthen your teeth and build your tooth enamel. Drink plenty of water and flush your system out as well as hydrate your body for longer than any sugar filled drink.

3. Drink plenty of milk

Not having a balanced diet can affect your teeth and bones. Calcium is found in dairy products such as milk and cheese as well as broccoli, cereal and fortified orange juice. See some more useful facts below:

  • Calcium and vitamin D will help maintain healthy gums.
  • Vitamin B complex is essential for gum protection and will stop teeth from cracking and bleeding.
  • Copper, zinc, iodine, iron, potassium will also help maintain health teeth and gums.

4. Bin your tooth brush

To prevent bacteria from growing make sure you replace your tooth brush (tooth brush head) every three or four months. By doing this you're ensuring your bristles aren't too soft, thus making them ineffective.

5. Clean your tongue daily

Yes as weird as it sounds use a professional tongue cleaner to remove bacteria which can cause bad breath as well as affect your health.

6. Use "Nature's Tooth Brush"

In other words eat firm or crisp foods such as apples, raw carrots, celery or popcorn. For great results eat them after your meal if you know you're not brushing your teeth straight away.

7. Stay away from tobacco

This will not only your overall health but will also stop any dental complications such as oral cancer. Not only does tobacco stain your teeth but it also interrupts the absorption of calcium into the body.

8. Brush your teeth twice a day morning and night

It is critical to your dental health and hygiene to brush you teeth in the morning when you first get out of bed and at night before you go to sleep.

Saliva dries up at night so cleaning your teeth before bedtime will clean off plaque. Cleaning your teeth first thing when you get up will also remove unwanted plaque and help prevent morning breath.

9. Gargle with apple cider vinegar and brush with baking soda

Gargle in the morning morning with apple cider vinegar, then brush your teeth with baking soda to remove stains and kill bacteria. This will also help whiten your teeth naturally.

Baking soda removes stains and whitens your teeth. Be sure to spit it out so it won't count in your daily sodium intake.

10.Visit your dentist twice a year

The image of a dentist chair conjures up pain and torture for so many people. It is important not only for your dental health but your long term health to get your teeth checked out a least twice a year.

So conquer your fear and get your teeth checked out!

Having healthy teeth and gums affects your health in the long term. It's never too late, no matter your age, to keep your teeth healthy and your smile confident.

© 2015 Helen Bolam


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    • Helen Bolam profile image

      Helen Bolam 24 months ago from South Shields

      Thanks for your comment Jackie. Both brushing and flossing are top of my list.

    • Jackie Lynnley profile image

      Jackie Lynnley 24 months ago from The Beautiful South

      Great advice and flossing is top of the list I think!