Tips To Take Care Of Your Pearly Whites


A sparkling smile is the first thing anybody notices when they meet you for the first time. A beautiful smile has often said to be the prettiest thing anybody can wear. Now having that perfect smile is not a dream that remains out of reach. There are various options available at to have that dazzling smile. The various cosmetic treatments available can be done by professional dental technicians to ensure good dental health in addition to having a pretty smile.

Some easy ways to keep your pearly whites shining and healthy are:

Introduce Dental health to children early
Cavities are prevalent in at least 50 percent of all children between the ages of 12 and 15. It is always a wise decision to introduce the habit of brushing their teeth twice daily as they reach 2 years of age. For children younger than 2 years, experts advise wiping their teeth with a clean, damp soft cloth. Most children do not like to brush their teeth for long; this can be solved by teaching them to keep a timer before starting to brush their teeth. They can continue brushing till the timer buzzes.

Dental Sealants
In most kids, permanent molars start coming in around the age of 6. Decay in the pits and fissures of these teeth can be prevented by applying thin protective coatings to the chewing surfaces of the back teeth.

Fluoride Usage
Fluoride has been discovered to strengthen the enamel which makes it less likely for the teeth to start decaying. It is prudent to check if the water in your home is fluoridated or not. If not, it would be wiser to start using a toothpaste which contains fluoride. Too much fluoride is not good for younger children as it can cause white spots on their teeth.

Floss Daily
Gum diseases have become quite prevalent in today’s society due to lack of proper flossing. Taking about 5 minutes before your bedtime every day to floss is a good healthy practice that should be followed strictly regardless of age.

Replacing Your Toothbrush
The lifespan of a toothbrush is around 2 months. It is a healthy practice to replace your toothbrushes regularly as the bristles will start bending after prolonged usage and stop doing their job of cleaning your teeth properly.

Mouthwash or Rinse Usage
All dentists are of the opinion that it is a good habit to use an antibacterial mouthwash or rinse to help prevent gum problems and teeth decay. Evening chewing sugar-free gum is said to be a good oral habit as it helps to increase saliva flow, thus washing bacteria away naturally.

Avoid tobacco
Tobacco has been proved to stain teeth and increase the risk of oral cancer as well as gum disease. Young children should be warned about the various perils of using tobacco in any form either chewing or smoking.

Healthy Diet
A healthy diet is essential to have healthy teeth. A well-balanced meal made up of proteins, carbohydrates and calcium can help prevent teeth decay and gum diseases. Researchers believe that fish containing omega-3 fats are quite effective in lowering gum disease risk.

Author: Ruth Miller

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