Did you know that over half of all Americans are self-conscious about their teeth? These figures are especially dispiriting when we consider that it means their confidence will be lowered and, as a result, they may avoid smiling completely. Here are some pointers to help you brighten your smile and boost your self-esteem!
#1 Avoid eating foods that will stain your teeth
There are lots of foods and drinks that can cause staining to your teeth, whether temporarily or permanently. Avoiding some of these things can keep your teeth sparkling white for longer. Some of the foods that can typically stain include:
- Red wine
- Tomato sauces
- Bright colored candy and soda
While you do not have to completely eliminate any of the above items, reducing the amount you eat or drink can help bring back your bright, white smile in no time!
#2 Regularly visit the dentist
Lots of people are afraid of the dentist – possibly due to bad experiences as a child – but it is important to remember that the vast majority of dentists have your best interests in mind and want nothing more than for you to be confident with yourself and your grin. Whether it is a general cleaning and oral hygiene tips you are after, fillings and crowns, or dental implants, a dentist will be able to help you.
#3 Consider your oral hygiene and tooth whitening products carefully
The market is flooded with products that promise to whiten your teeth and give you the smile of your fantasies. That being said, it is critical that you pay close attention to the products you buy, as some can actually cause more trouble to your smile over time – by causing your teeth to deteriorate. Speak with a dental professional before purchasing any whitening products or specialist oral hygiene products.
#4 Brush and floss your teeth at least twice a day
It is something that is drummed into us from a young age: brush and floss your teeth at least twice a day, and use a good quality mouthwash afterward. This is probably the best thing that you can do for your teeth. Try to do it for at least three minutes each time but do not put too much pressure on your teeth. An electric toothbrush is always a good bet. Do not forget your tongue, as well.
#5 Quit the sugar
We all know that sugar is terrible for your teeth, so remove it as far as possible from your diet. Remember, sugar is found in fruit and fruit juices as well. If you do eat sugary snacks, try to eat them in one go, preferably after a meal, and follow it up with a piece of cheese to mitigate the contact it has with your teeth. One of the worst things that you can do is graze on sugary foods throughout the day.
A great smile goes a long way towards boosting your self-confidence, so take steps now to give yourself the perfect smile.
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