Most of us don’t clean our teeth correctly. This is because giving teeth the thorough clean that is needed can be time-consuming and tricky in some cases. Below are just a few ways in which you can make it easier to maintain clean teeth.
Try an electric toothbrush
Studies have shown that those that use an electric toothbrush instead of a manual toothbrush have healthier gums, less tooth decay and keep their teeth for longer. This is because electric toothbrushes are much better at offering the circular motion necessary for cleaning plaque off our teeth. Some electric toothbrushes are better than others – this T3 electric toothbrush guide compares some of the best options on the market. Electric toothbrushes are a lot more expensive to buy than manual toothbrushes, but they’re a worthy investment if you want to step up your oral hygiene.
Switch up your toothpaste
Some toothpastes are also more effective than others. On top of regular toothpastes, there’s the option of whitening toothpaste – if you’re looking to combat discoloration, one of these toothpastes could be worth using. There are also toothpastes for sensitive teeth on the market – if brushing causes pain, you might find that one of these toothpastes makes brushing less of a gruelling task.
Fix misaligned teeth
If your teeth are crooked or overlapping, you could also find it much harder to keep them clean. It could be worth seeking out a specialist such as cosmetic dentist, Dr Fadi Yassmin who can carry out orthodontic treatment. If the idea of metal braces doesn’t appeal to you, you could look into Invisalign as an alternative – unlike traditional braces, invisalign is invisible and allows you to more easily clean your teeth without having to brush around metal wiring.
Chew gum between meals
Chewing gum can help to pick up plaque from our teeth, effectively helping to clean them. By chewing gum between meals, you can minimize damage to your teeth and make brushing easier in the evening. Make sure to only chew sugarless gum of course – chewing gum containing sugar will only make your teeth worse.
Quit the bad habits
You’ll see faster results when brushing if you give up bad habits like smoking, heavy drinking and excessive sugar consumption. Such bad habits are likely to be increasing the bacteria in your mouth, resulting in the need to brush more thoroughly to keep your teeth clean.
Smoking not only dries out the mouth preventing saliva from cleaning our teeth, but also coats each tooth in tar and other chemicals – you should try to give up this habit at all costs if you want to maintain healthy teeth. Heavy drinking meanwhile dries out the mouth, while drinks like wine can stain the teeth – keep an eye on how much you’re drinking to protect your teeth. Excessive sugar consumption meanwhile allows bacteria on our teeth to thrive – soft drinks and chewy sweets are worst offenders for coating the teeth in sugar, so cut down on these.