While some of the below tips may seem obvious, we guarantee, if you stick to them, you will have a sparkling smile that people will be envious of. And not only that, but even your dentist will be asking you what your secret is.
don’t skip, don’t cut corners
OK, we know, state the obvious, right? But you’d be surprised by how many people try and skimp on the length of time they brush for. The gum line of each tooth needs attention! Once in the morning, once in the evening, at least.
Not sure if you’re brushing for long enough? Set a timer on your phone so you know when the full two minutes is up.
REMEMBER TO FLOSS
Again, people love to skimp on daily flossing, missing a day or two. But flossing should be an essential part of your regular dental routine. Using a toothbrush will effectively clean the front and back of your teeth, but not the sides. Flossing gets to the parts of the tooth that your toothbrush can’t get to.
Daily flossing helps to keep your breath fresh, reduce plaque, decrease cavities, and keep your mouth nice and healthy.
The reason why our ancestors had such impeccable dental health was that they ate a mostly raw, completely unprocessed, and nutritious diet.
Heavily processed food and drink that’s high in sugar can wreak havoc on your mouth, causing tooth decay and gum problems.
For a more detailed explanation of the essential vitamins for oral health and which nutritious foods to find them in, check out our blog, ‘Fantastic Four Fat Solubles and Why We Need Them’.
Did you know that smoking is one of the main causes of gum disease in the US?
The toxins and chemicals in cigarettes and tobacco completely strip the mouth of vital nutrients that aid your mouth’s natural healing process. This leads to greater inflammation and hinders immune functionality, thus preventing your body’s natural ability to heal infection.
Not only does smoking stain teeth a nasty yellowy color, but it also erodes your gums, increases plaque build-up and bacteria, and can even lead to tooth loss.
VISIT THE DENTIST REGULARLY
Even if you’re already following all of our tips mentioned above, it’s still important to visit your dentist for a regular check-up. This allows your dentist to make sure there are no issues with your oral health, as well as giving your teeth a good old clean.
The ADA recommends that you schedule a dental appointment every 6 months to help keep your teeth and gums healthy. As well as getting a regular check-up, we also recommend scheduling a standard 6-month professional cleaning, which will help to remove any hard calculus that may have cemented on your gum line. For more information on professional cleanings, feel free to check out our article, ‘Why You Should Never Skip a Professional Dental Cleaning’.
Swap your toothpaste for a natural tooth powder
We are going to make quite a bold statement:
If you are a person that tends to struggle with your oral health, then it is likely that the oral health products you are using could very well be exacerbating your problems.
Conventional types of toothpaste are packed full of toxins that are extremely detrimental not only to your oral health but to your overall bodily health too. As our article, ‘Toxic Ingredients In Your Toothpaste,’ explains, the harmful ingredients you may be brushing your teeth with are extremely detrimental to your health.
Even healthy kinds of toothpaste from Natural stores contain a substance called glycerin that leaves an invisible coating over your teeth and gums that hinders your natural healing process.
We recommend using our 100% natural tooth powder, which is packed full of essential nutrients needed for optimal gum health. Good-Gums soothes sore gums and strengthens tooth enamel, while also counteracting acidity in the mouth and neutralizing the bacteria that cause plaque buildup.
Our formula is designed to absorb into your gums, putting back all the vital nutrients that are necessary to get your gums back in tip-top shape.
If you’d like to give our tooth powder a try, click here.