Our teeth. We use them to chew our food and everyone sees them when we laugh or smile. Despite how we look, our teeth attract more attention than anything we wear. When people see our teeth, they think about the color and the overall appearance of them. Teeth are both important to keep healthy and looking great.
Today, we will discuss a few routine dental practices that will keep your teeth looking great and healthy.
Before we get into discussing good dental routines, finding the right dentist is also vital in keeping our teeth healthy and clean. Not only that, dentists are our best friends, especially when a toothache happens.
Find a dentist that is up to date in offering both procedures and products. With medical advances today, a dentist who uses state-of-the-art dental instruments can provide you the precision and accuracy needed when dealing with a number of teeth-related problems.
For instance, Canyon Crest Dental offers preventative dental care, dental restoration, cosmetic treatments, and more. You see what the dentist sees. You can see pictures and videos of your mouth as the dentist explains things to you. Visiting the dentist is always an experience we remember. Because of this, choose a dentist that brings you comfort while providing high-quality service.
You’ve seen the amazing flashy white teeth that celebrities have while watching them on television. You begin to think to yourself, “How am I going to look chic like that when I absolutely love drinking coffee?”
Let’s first talk about how coffee stains teeth. Coffee, tea and other food contain a substance called tannin. Tannin in coffee contributes to turning teeth yellow. Our teeth, rather tooth enamel, contains ridges and tiny pits that can be seen more clearly under a microscope. Tannin and other contributing substances get stuck and accumulate in those pits and ridges on our teeth. This is what causes the “staining or yellowing” of the teeth when drinking coffee.
If possible, routinely brush throughout the day. Outside the minimum twice a day brushing, you may want to add additional brushes to help prevent and reduce stains on the teeth. Additional brushing can also help prevent cavities. Also, you can mix 2 tablespoons of hydrogen peroxide with 1 tablespoon of baking soda. This do-it-yourself toothpaste can also help reduce staining if used routinely.
Coffee can contain sugar. Sugar can cause cavities. If not treated, cavities can result in the loss of your teeth or you may have to undergo a painful dental procedure like a root canal. You get the point. Now, I’m not saying to completely remove sugar out of your diet, unless you want to. It is recommended to monitor and moderate your sugar intake to help prevent cavities.
As mentioned, brushing your teeth at least twice a day can also help prevent cavities. On top of this, rinsing with a mouthwash that contains fluoride and antiseptic ingredients can also aid in preventing cavities and plaque. If you run out of mouthwash or want to try a homemade approach, mix a ½ cup of distilled or filtered water, 2 teaspoons of baking soda, 2 drops of tea tree essential oil, and 2 drops of peppermint essential oil in a container. Once combined, shake then use after brushing.
Alleviate Plaque Build Up
Oh, the woes of plaque build up! Like cavities, plaque can lead to tooth decay. It can also cause gum disease. Plaque contains millions of bacteria. It is a substance made from leftover food particles and saliva in our mouth. In keeping our teeth healthy, it is essential to also floss daily. Food particles are lodged in between teeth, and if you don’t brush often, plaque build up occurs.
How do you look cool when food is stuck between your teeth? You don’t. So aside from brushing and flossing routinely, visit your dentist at least every 6 months for check-ups and teeth cleaning. Although flossing daily can help alleviate plaque build up, there’s nothing like going to the dentist for professional teeth cleaning. Dentists, like the one mentioned above, use industry technology to professionally clean your teeth. These dental instruments can clean hard to reach areas, that otherwise, cannot be cleaned with simple brushing and flossing.
These are only a few recommended routine dental practices. Brush, floss, and rinse with mouth wash daily. In addition, routinely schedule appointments with your dentist. In doing so, your teeth will look amazing while keeping your teeth intact, healthy, and clean. As an added reminder, prevention costs less and is less painful than having to fix a dental problem that could have been prevented by routinely maintaining our teeth.
*This article was contributed.