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Keep Your Pearly Whites in Tip-top Health and Appearance

Your teeth not only help you talk and chew. They can either make your appearance or break it. Keeping your teeth healthy and in good shape and appearance is not a tough job at all. All you need to do is to be conscious, embrace healthy habits and shed all the harmful ones coming your way to have a sparkling white smile.

Pearly white teeth

Let’s check out the top ten secrets to have a healthy and a beautiful set of pearly whites.

  1. A white-teeth diet – Red wine, cigars and black tea; if you are addicted to these three, you better forget to have a bright and white smile. Cigarettes and alcohol produce ugly yellow stains on teeth. Other than these, colas, dark juices and gravies are also blamed for yellowish and stained teeth. Bid adieu to all these foods and drinks. Switch to a healthy white-teeth diet. Include apples in your daily diet. After eating and drinking, brush your teeth immediately.
  2. Change your toothbrush – Make sure to get a new toothbrush every two to three months, or else you will transfer bacteria into your mouth. Brush properly putting your toothbrush at a 45 degree angle against your gums. Hold the toothbrush like you grip a pencil. Don’t move the toothbrush in a back-and-forth motion. Instead, move it gently in a circulation motion.
  3. Keep your tongue clean – Tongue plaque causes bad breath. Along with brushing and flossing, tongue scraping is also vital to fresh breath and good oral health. Tongue scraping prevents the build-up of bacteria on the tongue and is more effective than using a toothbrush to clean tongue.
  4. Eat crisp foods – Crisp foods help cleaning teeth. So, they must be in your diet daily. Apples, also called nature’s toothbrush, celery, popcorns and raw carrots are some of the crisp foods. If you are not sure about washing your mouth right after breakfast, lunch and dinner, it is best to have a crisp food as the final food in your meals.
  5. Gargle before brushing your teeth – In the morning before brushing your teeth, gargle with apple cider vinegar.  Do this daily. This has three benefits. The vinegar helps in stain removal, teeth-whitening and also, in preventing bacteria.
  6. Benefit from baking soda and salt – Once a week, forget about your toothpaste and choose to use salt or baking soda to clean your teeth and gums in the morning. Both are great teeth-whitening ingredients. Salt is considered good for treating raw gums.
  7. Freshen your breath – Sugar-free breath mint and alcohol-free mouthwashes give a fresh breath. Mouthwashes that are high on alcohol-content dry out tissues in the mouth thereby, making them more prone to the build-up of bacteria. While shopping for mouthwashes, it is essential to take this factor into account.
  8. Floss with your eyes shut – Flossing is equally important like it is brushing. A toothbrush cannot reach the spaces between teeth and the gaps between the gums and teeth. These are the places where the food deposits and bacteria build-up takes place. Flossing regularly ensures that your teeth and gums are squeaky clean and you can flaunt a healthy and pretty smile.
  9. Brush twice a day – Brushing your teeth when you first hop out of the bed in the morning and before you retire to your bed at night is indispensable for keeping your pearly whites in tip-top health, shape and appearance. When you sleep, plaque and bacteria build up in your mouth. So, it is important to brush them off when you wake up in the morning. Saliva prevents cavity from causing plaque and it dries up as you sleep. Isn’t it a wise idea to brush off the plaque and bacteria before you go to sleep?
  10. Red highlights white – All you ladies, if you want an instant way to brighten and whiten your teeth, wear your lips light red or medium coral colors. Light-colored lipsticks bring out the yellowish stains on your teeth.
Justin Brown is a freelance blogger. He used to run a fitness training center in Massachusetts a year back, but now he is working as a nutritionist at a reputed firm. He specializes on alternative medicines, dietary supplements and oral hygiene.

2 Comments

  1. Brent Wilson

    July 31, 2013 at 12:54 pm

    Excellent article. Pretty much covers everything.

    • Justin Brown

      August 5, 2013 at 1:44 am

      Thanks for your appreciation Brent!

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