8 Easy Tips for Healthy Teeth

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Staying on top of your oral hygiene is easier than you probably think.

With these 8 easy tips for healthy teeth, you’ll be keeping your mouth healthy and happy.

1. Change Your Toothbrush Regularly

Your toothbrush is exposed to bacteria every single day as it cleans your teeth, so it only makes sense that the bristles are the perfect place for bacteria to stay and hide.

Not only does your toothbrush become less hygienic as time goes on, the bristles also break down and become less effective which is why you should change your toothbrush as regularly as every 3 months, and immediately after you’ve been sick.

2. You Have to Brush Right

We all know that we’re meant to brush twice a day for 2 minutes, but do we all know how you’re meant to brush? It is important to brush in a circular motion rather than up and down, as this is gentler on your gums and enamel.

Remember that giving your teeth a good brush doesn’t mean brushing harder, but rather taking the time to brush carefully over all areas.

3. Eat For Your Teeth

The foods you eat play a huge role in keeping your teeth healthy due to their vitamin and nutrient profiles. 3 teeth friendly foods are:

Apples, which due to their crunchy texture needs a combination of chewing and saliva, which naturally will scrub away any stains on your teeth.

Cheese, as it contains high levels of calcium which is key to strengthening teeth and restoring mineral health to your pearly whites.

And leafy greens, which are packed with vitamins and minerals to promote healthy and strong enamel.

4. Drink Lots of Water

Drinking water will help remove left-over food particles sitting on your teeth, while also maintaining high levels of saliva, which will fight against tooth decay. Make sure you drink water after every meal, especially sugary ones.

5. Don’t Forget to Floss

There’s a reason your dentist is always asking if you’ve flossed your teeth. Brushing alone can’t fully get to all of the gaps between your teeth, which when neglected for a long time can lead to some serious build up. If you floss every time after you brush, your dentist, and your teeth will thank you for it.

6. Say Hello to Mouthwash

There is nothing wrong with a little mouthwash, in fact it could be doing you a lot of good. An antiseptic mouthwash will clean your entire mouth, including your teeth, tongue and gums, all with the added bonus of leaving you with minty fresh breath.

7. Chew Sugar-free Gum

There are specially formulated chewing gums that aim to fight cavity but chewing any variety of sugarless gum with help to remove left over food particles from your teeth and encourage your saliva to get moving and do its job.

8. Don’t Neglect Your Tongue

You may think that your teeth are the only important things in your mouth to keep clean and healthy, however your tongue is just as important. Your tongue is a haven for plaque, which can build up very easily if you’re not taking the time to clean your tongue. If you’re finding you’ve got increasingly bad breath, it might be time to give that tongue of yours a good clean. *You can do so buy gently brushing your tongue with your tooth brush.*

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Amie Maclaine

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Amie is a self-professed make up addict with a larger perfume collection than anyone in the southern hemisphere. There’s not a night of the week you won’t find her without a face mask on, and cup of peppermint tea in hand. With a passion for all things food and wellness, she’s the first to jump on a new heath trend. If she’s not rocking one of her well-loved rugby jumpers, you’ll find her in her active wear, Almond Dirty Chai in-tow, ready to take on the day.

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