1. When to brush:
So we all know we need to be brushing twice daily to maintain a clean and plaque-free mouth, but the most important time to brush your teeth is last thing before bed. After that the first thing in the morning before you’ve eaten or drank anything. Once you start eating and drinking the bacteria naturally present in your mouth feed on the food stuff to produce acids which naturally weaken the enamel on your teeth causing decay. The sweeter the foods, the more severe the decay. Be careful though you need to leave it 20mins after eating before your brush your teeth or you can cause tiny particles of enamel to be brushed away.
2. Get in between:
As well as brushing your pearly whites, don’t forget about getting cleaning in between your teeth! You can use floss, TePe brushes or waterpix to clean in-between your teeth. This is the most common place to develop dental disease so its imperative to keep it spotless!
3. You are what you eat:
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.
4. 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.
5. 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.