Having a beautiful smile is more than just a one-time procedure. You must also maintain that beautiful smile over many years.
In this article, we’re going to cover some of the best ways you can maintain a smile that is brilliant looking and healthy!
1. Brush enough, but not too much
It’s important to brush your teeth. We recommend brushing at least twice a day, but not more than four times a day.
If you can, try to brush your teeth in the morning when you get up. After lunch and again before you go to bed.
This will be enough to help prevent tartar build up, but not too much to damage your enamel.
Brushing too much can actually damage the enamel that’s on your teeth. The enamel is your teeth’s natural protector. Brushing too much will wear this down and worn down enamel can have a multitude of negative effects.
Worn down enamel can:
- Cause your teeth to look slightly discolored
- Increase your teeth’s sensitivity to hot and cold
- Make your teeth more susceptible to cavities and other oral conditions
So again, it’s important to brush, but just be careful you’re not brushing too much.
2. Use Proper Brushing Technique
Using proper brushing technique is critical in maintaining proper oral health and keeping your teeth looking white and clean.
You want to maintain a constant and consistent pressure on your teeth to make sure you’re actually cleaning off the plaque and tartar, but you want to avoid pressing down too strongly on your teeth as this will damage your enamel.
You also want to make sure you’re thoroughly brushing all of your teeth. If you have difficulty with this step, try using a stopwatch and spend a predetermined amount of time on each side of your mouth. This will help you brush long enough, but not too long.
Two recommendations we have for sustaining a proper brushing technique are:
A. Choose the right toothbrush – you’re going to want to make sure you choose a toothbrush that is the right firmness for your teeth. Generally, you will have soft, medium and hard bristled toothbrushes.
We generally recommend going with a medium bristled toothbrush. This is going to give bristles that will actually be able to clean off the plaque from your teeth but shouldn’t be too hard that your toothbrush is going to damage your enamel.
Overall, try to avoid using a hard bristled toothbrush. This level of firmness over time is likely going to cause damage to your teeth and enamel.
Also, unless your teeth are especially sensitive, try to avoid a soft-bristled toothbrush.
If your budget will allow, our number 1 toothbrush choice is an Oral B electric toothbrush. This brand consistently delivers excellent electric toothbrushes that will allow you to brush your teeth, get them clean and greatly reduce the chance of you overbrushing and damaging your teeth.
B. Choose the right toothpaste – this is a critical step that has come under fire over the last few years with many people claiming you either don’t need toothpaste or that you should avoid toothpaste with fluoride in it. Most of these claims are unsubstantiated and should be taken with a grain of salt.
Toothpaste is an important ingredient in proper brushing technique and fluoride has been proven time after time to be a safe and effective mineral used to strengthen your teeth’s enamel.
Our favorite toothpaste brand and type is Colgate’s Total Toothpaste. We’ve seen great results with this toothpaste and definitely recommend it.
One note here, since many people want to have whiter teeth, there has been an increased use of whitening toothpaste. These can be good and effective at bringing some whiteness to your teeth, but they do contain extra ingredients and we recommend not only using a whitening toothpaste. Try changing out every other time you go through a toothpaste tube.
3. Floss Regularly and Properly
It’s amazing how many people don’t floss.
I don’t say that to be mean, but flossing is an important part of a proper oral hygiene routine and is critical in keeping your smile looking its best.
Have you ever seen someone with yellow in between their teeth?
If you have, you know that this is not the definition of a beautiful smile, but it is all too frequent and it is easily avoidable.
When you floss, you are removing the food, plaque, and tartar that has built up during the day in between your teeth. It only takes a couple of minutes, but the long-term payoff is huge.
Flossing twice a day will help your teeth’s long-term health and help keep your teeth looking white.
The main thing to watch while flossing is to not floss too hard. Your goal is to clean in between your teeth, but not to make your gums bleed.
So keep the right pressure as your using your flossing and bringing in between your teeth.
If you notice that your gums always bleed, no matter how gentle or cautious you are while flossing, this could be a sign of gum disease and you should get your gums looked at by your dentist as soon as possible!
If you follow these simple oral hygiene tips you’ll be amazed at how beautiful and healthy of a smile you’ll maintain for years to come!