According to a survey conducted by the American Academy of Cosmetic Dentistry, 99.7% of adults believe that a healthy smile is socially important. And the best way to have a healthy smile is to take great care of your teeth. Although it may seem difficult to properly maintain your pearly whites with all the other checklist items in your beauty routine — and all the coffee in daily diet — it actually is rather simple. In fact, there are three simple steps you can follow to maintain better oral health.
Keep reading to check out some of the best ways you can keep your pearly whites shining bright all the time.
Drink lots of water
Water is actually one of the few liquids you can safely drink without having to worry about your teeth or oral health. Drinks like coffee, red wine, and sodas can actually discolor your teeth. Water can help re-mineralize your teeth. It can also rinse away food particles stuck to your teeth that could be causing harm.
Brush your teeth often
You should be brushing your teeth at least twice a day, of course. This is probably an oral health given for some, but it’s very easy to let this habit slip sometimes. Plaque can build up and harden into tartar very easily, and brushing more often can help stop that process. Healthline suggests angling the bristles toward the gumline at a 45-degree angle with just enough pressure to make the tissue a lighter color. You can also brush after each major meal of the day, rather than only twice a day.
Add baking soda to your brushing routine
Baking soda is a great way to naturally whiten your teeth. It whitens your teeth while stopping bacteria from taking root within your mouth. Baking soda cleans your teeth and helps prevent further buildup at the same time. You can either look for a toothpaste that already has baking soda in it (Arm & Hammer makes some great toothpastes), or you can create your own DIY paste.
If your fear of the dentist is threatening your oral health, there are plenty of strategies for conquering your dental anxiety. In the meantime, keeping your teeth healthy and clean is not only important for your oral health, but for your looks as well. Your teeth don’t just help you chew; they can help you attract the attention of that cute stranger across the room. Take care of your teeth and you can have a beautiful smile for years to come.