Often when we want to look younger, we focus on trying to solve problems with our skin, like our fine lines and wrinkles. But skin isn’t the only facial feature that gives away our age.
Before you jump for the needles, there are some other areas to focus on. Like our teeth!
Think about it, your smile takes up a lot of surface area on your face, and the way your mouth looks, feels, and smells has a lot to say about your overall health.
Looking youthful means looking healthy. Your teeth, gums, and tongue have a major effect on how healthy you feel and appear.
Use these seven dental tips to keep your smile looking healthy and young!
1. Brush and Floss Daily
Bet you’ve never heard this one before! Just kidding. But this really is the most important thing you can do for oral health.
Daily brushing and flossing takes away plaque, which contains bacteria that grows in your mouth. Plaque especially loves to set up camp in the crevices between your teeth and harden into tartar, which is even harder to remove.
When this bacteria grows, it literally eats away at the surface of your enamel. This can cause painful and expensive cavities, not to mention it is very visible to the human eye and looks gross!
Our mouth has so much to do with our beauty as humans. It’s the source of our communication, it’s what we use to eat, kiss, and so much more. Taking care of your teeth by daily brushing and flossing will increase not only your oral health but your overall health.
One of the biggest culprits to health issues is inflammation. Inflammation starts in the mouth with swollen gums reacting to this bacteria. Fight inflammation with daily brushing and flossing.
2. See Your Dentist for a Cleaning Every Six Months
It is important to visit your dentist regularly so they can clean anything you missed and check for any problems.
Nothing makes us look older than tooth decay and missing teeth. Your dentist will help you avoid and solve these problems before they get out of hand (out of mouth, if you will).
When it comes to dental problems, you want to spot any issues as early as possible. Sometimes you can reverse the damage with thorough cleaning and consistent care.
A minor cavity filling is much easier than a root canal, so putting off a dental issue is only going to make things worse.
3. Keep Your Teeth White
If you want white teeth, you must avoid smoking.
Drinking, and consuming colored drinks such as coffee, soda, and red wine will also stain your teeth.
Use straws when you must drink colored beverages to minimize the contact with your teeth. Drink water after consuming these beverages to help prevent stains.
What’s the easiest way to whiten at home? Crest white strips.
Whiter teeth will make you feel confident, healthy and youthful.
Crest white strips can only work properly on well cared for teeth. Plaque and tartar will prevent the magic from happening, so be sure to follow steps 1 and 2 for the maximum effects to take place!
4. Keep Your Tongue Clean
Your teeth and gums aren’t the only things in your mouth, don’t forget about the tongue!
Tongues are one of the best ways to figure out what is going on with our bodies and overall health.
You may have noticed a coating across your tongue, sometimes light and sometimes thick. This indicates the function of your digestive system as well as your oral health. Check out this tongue health breakdown that covers how different signs on your tongue could be indicating issues in your body.
To care for your tongue, apply a little toothpaste and gently brush the surface area that you can access without gagging.
Use light pressure and circular motions to lift some of the coating from the surface of the tongue. You can also try a tongue scraper or even floss to scrape the surface clean.
5. Drink Plenty of Water
Staying hydrated keeps your whole body healthy. You may not realize that this actually one of the most important dental tips!
Drinking enough water has a big impact on your oral health in particular because it dramatically affects how much saliva your body produces. Saliva is our first line defender against bacteria growth and keeps our gums hydrated, helping them appear healthy and youthful.
6. Cut Back On the Snacks
During a proper meal, you should be chewing thoroughly and drinking water with your food. These efforts help our body properly process and digest the food and it all starts with the mouth.
Snacking can be a more reckless way of eating though, usually unaccompanied by water or worse: accompanied by a sugary beverage.
When you do snack, at least be sure to drink plenty of water and swish it around the mouth to limit the bacteria that is left behind.
7. Fight Gum Recession
As we age, our gums will start to recede due to lack of collagen production, just like with our skin. This can be exasperated by harsh brushing and poor oral hygiene.
Receded gums don’t just look bad, they also expose vulnerable roots of the teeth making them more likely to decay and cause sensitivity.
An easy fix is to switch to an electric toothbrush that can alert you when you are applying too much pressure.
Plus these electric toothbrushes will help you brush your teeth more efficiently and effectively by doing the work for you. Just move the brush around the surface of your teeth until the timed two minutes is up!
Now You Know the Top Dental Tips!
We hope you found these dental tips on achieving a healthy and youthful smile helpful!
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