Everyone wants a bright and beautiful smile, us included. Here are our top 5 tips to get a brighter smile, starting with the easiest changes you can make to improve your pearly whites!
- Drink better
Virtually all of our favourite soft drinks and fruit juices contain a good mixture of acid and sugar. This makes them very tasty, but it also makes them very bad for our teeth.
Soft drinks are terrible for your teeth’s health. Coke is especially bad, with a pH level of around 2.5. For reference, battery acid has a pH of 1.0 and clean water sits at 7.0. Most fruit juices are also very acidic. Try to cut down on these drinks wherever possible.
Coffee and black tea are also bad for your teeth. Firstly because their colours can stain your teeth, and secondly because they are both acidic as well. Thankfully, adding milk to coffee or tea can help with both of these issues so that we can enjoy our caffeinated beverages guilt free.
Contrary to popular belief, the answer isn’t to brush your teeth right after having any of the aforementioned drinks, wine or acidic food. In fact, you should avoid it for at least 60 minutes! Acids soften the enamel of your teeth, which can be worn away by brushing them.
- Brush better
Brushing your teeth is the most basic step of oral hygiene, but there are still right and wrong ways to go about it!
You should hold your toothbrush at a 45 degree angle towards your gum line and brush in a gentle circular motion. Do this for both the back and front of the teeth, upper and lower. Brush the chewing surfaces with a light back-and-forth motion.
Brushing too hard or using a toothbrush with hard or medium bristles can cause your gums to recede and can damage your enamel. Always use a soft toothbrush. After brushing, you should spit the toothpaste out, but you don’t have to rinse with water. Leaving the flouride toothpaste on your teeth can provide some extra protection throughout the day.
Here are some other helpful tips:
- You may be using too much toothpaste: a pea-sized amount of toothpaste is enough.
- Brush your teeth for two minutes, twice a day.
- You should be cleaning your tongue too!
- Opt for a toothbrush with a small head and soft bristles.
- Replace your toothbrush every 3-4 months or when the bristles get visibly worn and frayed, whichever comes first.
- You may want to upgrade to an electric toothbrush. Modern variants have pressure sensors and two minute timers to help you brush better.
After brushing your teeth, you have cleaned the front, the back and the chewing surface of the tooth, but a tooth really consists of five surfaces. The last two are the sides of the tooth, which you can only really get to by flossing. If you don’t floss, you’re really only cleaning 60% of the tooth!
Flossing is important because it can remove plaque, and prevent gum disease and tooth decay. It should be done at least once a day. Here’s how:
Gently thread the floss between your teeth to avoid causing gum damage by pulling it down sharply. Make a ‘C’ shape around the tooth with the floss, then move it from side to side or up and down, making sure you get to the neck of the tooth (where it attaches to your gums).
Regular floss works just fine, but you can also buy dental floss picks from your dental surgery, at chemists and supermarkets if you find these easier to use. If you want to go the extra mile, you can also purchase a dental water jet, also known as an air floss or oral irrigator. This is an electrically powered device that uses a stream of water to clean between your teeth.
- Get regular check-ups
You probably aren’t seeing the dentist often enough. Most people probably get a check-up once a year, if that. At Cairns Precision Dental Group, we recommend that our patients see us twice a year.
This is simply because getting regular check-up from your dentist is the only way to allow us to prevent or repair small issues before they cause you bigger problems further down the line. We understand that this may seem overwhelming and expensive for some, but a check-up with one of our highly skilled dentists is much less expensive than an extensive procedure if you do get a problem.
Ask us about our payment plans so that you can smile now – and pay later!
- Teeth whitening
If all else fails, teeth whitening is the foolproof way of giving yourself a brighter smile.
Lifestyle factors, certain medicines, smoking, staining from food and drinks, development problems and natural ageing can all contribute to discoloured and stained teeth. Our dentists are trained to assess whether you are a good candidate for professional teeth whitening.
It is important to consider the causes of discoloured teeth before you can effectively alter the colour of your teeth. Standard trays, whitening toothpastes and whitening strips usually only offer minimal improvements, so professional teeth whitening has the best ability to remove unwanted stains.
Cairns Precision Dental is proud to offer Philips Zoom in-chair bleaching, which is renowned for its superior teeth whitening and uses light-activated technology to whiten teeth several shades in one visit.
Our dentists will apply a barrier to your mouth, lips and gums and then apply a unique whitening gel, which is activated by a special blue light. This specialised whitening system provides patients with immediate results in just one appointment. Alternatively, our dentists can also offer you custom-fitted trays for take-home whitening that will take longer, but can also give you noticeably whiter teeth.
Let our dentists give you the confidence to give you the cosmetic smile you have always wanted. Click here to book your appointment today!