A few tips for a brighter smile

All it took was a quote on a silly souvenir from the dentist’s office to remind me just how important and easily negligible oral hygiene can be. It simply said: ‘Smile, it improves face value.’

Why it took a recent visit to my dentist to remind of this unforgettable fact is beyond me. Perhaps it was the graphic images of what gingivitis other oral diseases look like I saw. Either way, here are some tips on how to get a brighter, healthier smile.

Tip 1: Things to avoid

The road to a brighter healthier smile is largely dependent on our diet and habits. Roadblocks to great oral hygiene or things that discolour teeth and aid decay are: Foods/drinks such as coffee, tea, colas, wines, and certain fruits and vegetables (for example, apples and potatoes), and smoking.Poor dental hygiene due to insufficient brushing and flossing to remove plaque and stain-producing substances such as some of those food/drinks is very common. Some medications such as antibiotics are known to discolour teeth, especially when they are given to children whose teeth are still developing (before the age of eight).

Tip 2: Get the right gear

It goes without saying that if you don’t have the proper tools to maintain great oral hygiene all of this will have been written in vain. You like your brush old-school? A manual does the job just fine. However an electric toothbrush is really what you want to be polishing that smile – electric toothbrushes have longer life spans, more durable bristles, and their multiple brush heads offer more variety to your oral hygiene regiment and needs. The oscillating power of an electric toothbrush is far more powerful than your hand action. Remember, brushing violently does more harm on your gums and teeth, so go for the electric toothbrush to do all the gentle scrubbing for you. Another must-have in your kit is dental floss, to be used twice a day or in between meals when you’re struggling with the stubborn remnants of your previous meal. Dental floss is small and can easily fit in your pocket or bag. Finally, mouthwash should accompany each brushing and flossing mission to make sure your oral hygiene regiment is complete.

Tip 3: Things to remember

Don’t forget to change your manual toothbrush once every three months; their bristles are much more fragile than that of your electric toothbrush. Your electric toothbrush heads can be changed every six months. A biannual visit to your dentist is a must to ensure excellent oral hygiene. While you’re at it, why not add a fresh white look to your teeth with an easy to use teeth whitening kit to make that smile even brighter?