If you want to maintain your white smile, you need to make sure that your dental hygiene is up to standard. Whilst brushing twice a day is good practice, it doesn’t always go far enough. A few techniques and good habits, however, will keep your teeth healthy and your smile bright.
Proper brushing technique
Proper brushing technique will ensure that you get rid of all the nasty bacteria that threatens to yellow your teeth and worse. The American Dental Association (ADA) recommends that you start by placing the toothbrush at a 45-degree angle to your gums, before brushing the front of your teeth in gentle strokes. You should then brush the outer surfaces, inner surfaces and chewing surfaces of your teeth at once. Finally, you should bring your toothbrush vertically and give a few up and down brushes on the behind of each tooth to clean the areas often missed. The process should take about 2 minutes overall. Brush your tongue as well for fresh breath to go with your fresh teeth.
This one’s fairly simple. To remove all of the yellowing bacteria from your teeth, you need to be brushing twice a day for around two minutes each time. Having trouble timing two minutes? Try things like counting in your head, setting a timer, or boogying to your favourite song- it’ll go by without you noticing.
Flossing is great for removing the bacteria that gets stuck in between teeth causing problems in the future. Get yourself a length of floss about 18 inches long in order to use a clean section for each tooth, then, rub it in between your teeth to remove the bacteria, making sure to form a “C” shape around the edge of the tooth in order to get the best clean. Having a bit of floss around is also useful for applying TINT.
Use a mouthwash
Mouthwash is great for freshening your breath and some brands can even be used to help keep your teeth white. Mouthwash is great because it gets into places that your toothbrush can’t like your gumline and the rest of your mouth. This means that you keep clean, stop nasty bacteria, and keep whiteness in hard to reach places.
Keep your brush clean
This one is nothing special, you don’t even need any extra equipment. In order to keep your brush clean, just make sure that you wash it under the tap after brushing, then air dry it rather than putting it in a case. Avoid sharing your toothbrush to prevent a transfer of bacteria and any other grossness involved.
Change your brush
How long have you had your current brush? It’s a good idea to find out if you don’t know. Over time, the bristles on the brush become worn away and misshapen. This means that you don’t get the same clean as you originally did, meaning more bacteria sticks around to damage and yellow your teeth. If you’ve been using your brush for longer than 3 months, or if it’s clearly deteriorated, get yourself a new one.
Use a tongue scraper
Most brushes now come with some form of scraper on the back of them. You can use this scraper to clean the bacteria on your tongue, reducing any risk of it getting onto your teeth to cause yellowing and helping to keep your breath fresh.
Can’t get by without your midnight snack? Nights out without brushing? Just love sweets too much? Snacking without brushing afterwards can leave sugar and food particles on your teeth that bacteria use to produce acid. This damages tooth enamel and causes yellowing. On the other hand, you can keep your chocolate and use TINT instead. Not only does it give you lovely white teeth, it also protects against stains and decay, meaning you can snack away and not worry about it hurting your enamel.