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10 Steps To Keep Your Pearly Whites

Updated on July 6, 2017

Let's Not Sugar Coat It... Heh Get It? Sugar?

It's well known that sub-par oral hygiene is linked to some major health problems within us. Problems such as diabetes, lung disease, heart attacks, and strokes.

Of course, dental problems can be embarrassing, debilitating and painful. Once you recognize how important your teeth are to your overall well being, you're probably asking "What do I do now?"

Keep reading to find out.

1: Get That Floss Out!

We both know that brushing doesn't get all the gunk out. You've got to dig a little deeper on the daily. By flossing before brushing, you're removing debris and plaque from in between your teeth.

If you don't feel comfortable flossing, or don't know the proper way how to feel free to ask your dental hygienist. He or she will be happy to help!.

2: Scrub A Dub Dub, Gotta Brush Away The Crud!

Brushing twice a day is still the best way to remove plaque before it hardens. By brushing properly, you're not only cleaning your teeth, but you're stimulating your gums and preventing gum disease. Make sure you spend some time in each part of your mouth. Wherever there's a tooth or a tongue, brush it!

3:Extremely Minty, Oddly Satisfying: Mouthwash

Time and time again studies have shown that rinsing your mouth out with mouthwash after brushing thoroughly can help fight bacteria in the mouth and fully eliminate any bad odor hiding under the tongue or in your cheeks.

Try and rinse for at least 1 minute.

4: Every Dentist Is Different

Finding a dentist that your comfortable with is very important. You want to be able to ask personal questions and consult them whenever you may have a question. Your dentist should become an ally in your life. Having a dentist you connect with will make you remember to schedule frequent checkups as well!

5: Speaking Of Regular Dental Checkups

Nothing worse than getting a cavity. The guilt and demoralization associated with cavities can be crushing. Usually, though, a dentist can catch a would-be cavity in its tracks as long as you catch it in time. Dentists can predict and resolve a whole host of other dental problems. Ranging from tooth decay to gum disease.

You should be visiting the dentist at least once a year.

6: Regular Cleanings Are A Thing Too

We stated earlier that brushing, rinsing and flossing daily is one of the best tactics for fighting bacteria and having good oral health. The bad news is that you'll never get all of it. You'll need a professional to do that.

By visiting a dentist every three months for a dental cleaning, you're significantly improving your oral health and will be well on your way to a having a pearly white smile.

7: Follow the dentists orders

After your checkup, your dentist might recommend a follow-up appointment or two in order to properly treat whatever problem you may be having. It's up to you whether you want to go or not.

The dentist never lies.

8: Sugar Sucks. Especially for your teeth.

Bacteria use sugar to create acid and start decaying your precious pearls. Stopping this isn't a matter of going on a diet, or cutting one of your vices out altogether. It's more about moderation and making informed decisions. After too much soda, you can physically feel your teeth get soft and gross. That's the bacteria at work.

Good news though! Foods like nuts, dairy product, and some meats can be good for your teeth by providing calcium and phosphorus that helps strengthen the enamel! Try to stick to these when snacking if possible.

9: Educate! Teach Yourself!

Your dentist would be more than happy to help educate you about how to properly take care of your mouth and teeth. The more education you have and the more knowledge you digest will result in you making wise calls when you think something is wrong. What I'm trying to say is that you will actually go to the dentist more if you feel something off. Which is a good thing.

10: Pearl Protection Program

Play sports? Do things you shouldn't?

We all do.

I'm clumsy, so I'll wear a mouthguard while I run. It's not a contact sport, I know. BUT hear me out. I'm clumsy and often trip over my own feet. I'm accident prone, it's just going to happen. So I take precautions and slip a mouthguard in while I'm running. Not only will it save my teeth from imminent destruction, but it stops me from grinding my teeth and gives me something to bite down on when I'm pushing myself.

Smart, right?

Yeah, I know.

That's all for now folks! Let me know what you think in the comments below!


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