As lovely and romantic as Valentine’s Day was, I’m sure many of you overdosed on the jumbo sized boxes of chocolates, or the glasses of bubbly! Not to worry though – we’re all allowed to indulge every now and then, just as long as we’re tending to our teeth at the same time.
Below, I’ve listed some of my top tips for better oral health that you may not have known before. By incorporating these into your dental regime, there shouldn’t be any reason to torture yourself after a treat:
1. When to brush:
Yes, we should all be brushing twice daily to maintain a clean and plaque-free mouth, but the optimum time to brush your teeth is last thing before bed, and first thing in the morning before you’ve eaten or drank anything. Why? Eating and drinking naturally weakens the enamel on your teeth, and brushing straight afterwards can cause tiny particles of enamel to be brushed away.
2. How to get great gums:
As well as brushing, washing and flossing, your diet can contribute to a healthy set of gums. Research shows that by loading up on foods rich in vitamins, minerals, and fresh fruit + veg, this can significantly help to prevent gum disease.
3. Clean your tongue:
Did you know that the one major cause of bad breath is caused by the build-up of bacteria on the tongue, not teeth? Combat this by using a tongue scraper every morning to remove tongue plaque and freshen your breath.
4. Replace your toothbrush:
This tip is disregarded by most brushers out there, however it is very important that you change your toothbrush every 3-4 months. After this period of time, the bristles will begin to fray considerably, and as a result both the teeth and gums will not be cleaned adequately.
5. Rinse after eating oranges:
If, like myself, you are a big lover of citrus fruits, you should definitely remember this one! Although oranges and lemons are a good go-to for your daily dose of Vitamin C, they also contain acid that erodes tooth enamel, which makes the teeth more prone to staining. Make sure to rinse your mouth out with water immediately after eating these fruits to wash the destructive acid off your teeth.
Have a fabulous weekend, and happy brushing everyone!