Top Tips for a Thorough Teeth Clean
You may think that brushing twice a day is enough to keep your gnashers clean and generally speaking, it is. However, to ensure you are treating your teeth to a thorough clean as often as you can, we’ve put together some top tips to help you keep your pegs perfectly clean:
Brush before eating
Most people brush their teeth after eating their breakfast; although this would seem like the optimal time for teeth cleaning to remove any leftover food remnants, scrubbing your pegs within 60 minutes of eating can wear away your enamel. Consequently, it’s best to brush your teeth before eating breakfast and freshen up your mouth afterwards with a glass of water or some sugar-free chewing gum.
Scrape your tongue
Just like on our teeth, plaque can build up on our tongues too, which can then cause bad breath. While many people give their tongues a quick scrub with their toothbrush, according to dentists, this is not the right tool for the job. To effectively clean your tongue, use a tongue scraper on a daily basis to remove any lingering tongue plaque and keep your breath as fresh as possible!
Use an electric toothbrush
Many dentists recommend using an electric toothbrush rather than a standard one for several reasons; not only do electrically powered brushes provide a more powerful clean but their usually smaller heads enable for a more precise clean, whereby smaller sections of the mouth can be reached that wouldn’t have been with a normal toothbrush. Additionally, if you’d like your toothbrush to do a specific job, e.g. remove plaque, you can buy a certain type of brush, especially for this purpose.
Rinse with mouthwash
Using mouthwash can not only wash away any leftover debris in your mouth after cleaning your teeth, but it can also keep your breath fresher for longer. To banish bad breath, use an alcohol-free mouthwash after brushing; many high street mouthwashes contain alcohol, which can dry out your mouth, making it more prone to a build-up of bacteria. As such, make sure you check out the ingredients when purchasing mouthwash to ensure you select the right one for you!
Watch out for sugar
From a young age, we are told that sugar is incredibly bad for your teeth. Although this may have seemed like a parental myth at the time, the fact remains in adulthood; sugar really is a teeth rotter. To keep your teeth both clean and decay-free, try to maintain a balanced diet and be aware of any hidden sugars or acids in foods and drinks, even the seemingly healthy ones. For example, citrus fizzy drinks contain both sugar and acid, so should be consumed in moderation or at best, avoided altogether.
Go to the Dentist
For many, a trip to the dentist equates to a white-coat nightmare. However, if you have a dental phobia, it’s important that you try to overcome it as not visiting the dentist could lead to years’ worth of damage to your teeth that cannot be fixed and ultimately, leave you with bad or at worst no teeth at all! Here are a couple of pointers to help you make that all-important trip:
- When booking an appointment, let the dentist know you are anxious
- On the day of your appointment, don’t arrive too early
- Bring headphones with you for a distraction while in the chair
- Take somebody with you for additional support
By following these tips, not only will your teeth be cleaner but they should also be whiter as the result of a more thorough clean. However, if you’d to build a whitening treatment into your dental routine, check out our best at home teeth whitening kit reviews to find a product that’s perfect for you.