Are you dreaming of a smile that dazzles? That brilliant pearly white grin starts with healthy teeth and gums. Here, we’ve rounded up our top tips to give your teeth that special sparkle. These tricks will improve your oral health so you can light up Instagram with your beautiful smile.
1. Quit smoking
Smoking is not only bad for your health, it also causes bad breath and stains your teeth.
2. Looking for a snack?
Drop the sweets and grab an apple or a stick of celery. Crunchy fruits and vegetables can help remove bacteria surrounding your teeth.
3.Take care of your mouth
That means flossing daily, brushing for two minutes daily, and giving attention to your gums and tongue in addition to your teeth.
4. Drink more water
This is the healthiest drink for your smile, and if you are quenching your thirst with water, you are less likely to crave acidic or sugary drinks, which put tooth decay on speed drive.
5. See your dentist at least twice a year
In fact, recent research suggests every 90 days is a better routine to keep bacteria from multiplying. Even the most dedicated brushers and flossers can’t tackle the plaque and tartar buildup that a professional dentist can remove. At the Siriroj Dental Center, cutting-edge technology and an expert team of dentists ensure you get a detailed check-up, which can detect not only mouth-related problems such as cancer, cavities and gum disease, but also systemic problems such high blood pressure and heart disease, which leave evidence in the delicate ecosystem of the mouth. A visit to the Dental Center at Siriroj will screen for all of these important indicators, and also include a thorough cleaning that will have your teeth gleaming.
6. Take your time
Electrical or manual toothbrushes are fine if you do it properly. Try to give it the full two minutes. Use soft or super soft bristles. Change the toothbrush or the head every two to three months as it will lose efficacy as it wears down.
7. Watch certain types of food
Cut down on red wine, coffee, tea, and cigarettes. If you just can’t go without your morning coffee, give your mouth a rinse or quick brush after indulging, to avoid long-term staining.
8. Use fluoride toothpaste
Use toothpaste that is rich in fluoride. In countries like the United States, the tap water is enriched with fluoride, but here in Thailand the tap water is not potable and the bottled water is fluoride-free, so choosing a toothpaste with added fluoride will help you reach your quota of this cavity-fighting, enamel-strengthening mineral.
9. Say cheese!
Say cheese! If you chew on a square of cheese after meals, you’ll get a boost in calcium, neutralize any acid remaining in your mouth, and remineralize your enamel.
Relax. Stress can cause you to clench and grind your teeth. Exercise, meditation and yoga can release stress, which may give you even more reason to smile.