Everyone wants to have clean teeth, both for health and cosmetic reasons.
Many people like the look of whitened teeth, which are common among movie stars and other celebrities. Yet more important than this is keeping bacteria and other harmful substances away from your teeth and gums. The purpose of this article is to help you keep your teeth clean so that your dental checkups are as painless as possible.
If you want whiter teeth, you should be careful about what measures you take to achieve this.
Check with your dentist or at least do some research before listening to something your friend recommends or that you read online. For example, baking soda is often recommended for whiter teeth. Dentists, however, warn against using this product very often. Baking soda is abrasive and over time can damage the enamel of your teeth. Other substances that can also cause long term damage to your teeth are vinegar and lemon juice. They are both highly acidic and, while they may temporarily whiten your teeth, they will eventually cause damage. This is one area where some commonly suggested home remedies aren’t always good to follow.
No matter how conscientious you are about keeping your teeth clean, you should still have them cleaned professionally at least twice per year.
Your dentist gives your teeth a thorough cleaning that is more effective at removing plaque and other harmful substances than anything you could do. While getting your cleaning, you will also be getting a checkup, which is equally important. If there are any problems such as cavities, you want to know about them as soon as possible. This way they can be dealt with before they become too complicated or painful. If you feel that a regular cleaning isn’t enough, you can also ask your dentist about professional teeth whitening procedures.
Aside from brushing and flossing, one of the simplest ways to keep your teeth and whole mouth clean is by using mouthwash. This will not only give you fresher breath, it will help remove plaque and avoid problems such as gingivitis. You can either use medicated mouthwashes such as Listerine or herbal ones. Some natural mouthwashes contain beneficial herbs such as mint, aloe or green tea, all of which can help keep your mouth clean. Using mouthwash twice per day is recommended if you want to keep your teeth and gums in optimal condition. Studies show that using mouthwash can substantially cut the risk of getting gum disease, which is by itself a good reason to use it.
Keeping your teeth clean isn’t hard, but it is something you have to pay attention to every day.
Aside from regular visits to the dentist, you have to do all of the commonsense things that our parents told us to do when we were children. Eating a healthy diet is another way you can improve your dental health, not to mention your overall health. So don’t take your dental health for granted, and make sure you do whatever you can to keep your teeth clean every day.