DIY Dental Tips
They say a face can launch a thousand ships, but if that same face had a perfect bright smile, will it launch millions instead?
There is something about a smile that makes my heart melt (especially from that special someone we know so well). There’s almost this instant positive energy that resonates from a simple smile. But behind that beautiful smile is a good dental routine. Have you checked your smile recently? If you haven’t, I suggest you should. Though it may seem white and clean on the surface, you can’t be sure if you’ve got a good overall oral health. So it’s vital that you carry these top 5 must-haves for your DIY dental regimen so it’ll be easier to keep a healthy oral hygiene in check.
- Electric Toothbrush
On top of your manual toothbrush, it’s also great to keep an electric toothbrush handy. The bristles reverberate and swivel which make it easier to get rid of plaque or any small food particles stuck in between your teeth. A sufficient normal brushing should take at least two minutes and because these types of brushes have built-in timers, you can always set it so you know you’re brushing your teeth adequately enough. Another advantage is you’re lessening your carbon footprint by not throwing away the entire toothbrush when it’s time for a new one, all you have to do is replace the head and you’re all set.
- Dental Floss
Even your efficient electric toothbrush can’t reach those hard-to-get areas in between your teeth. You know those annoying areas where mostly small food particles get stuck in? Carrying floss anywhere you go, gives you confidence about eating any particular food without having to worry about cleaning afterward. If you don’t remove these irritating food crumbs, they’ll turn into plague and will eventually form into tartar (no one wants to see that when you smile).
- Activated Charcoal Powder
This has been FDA-approved for preventing many health concerns. And although there is no proven study that shows activated charcoal does whiten your teeth, some wiseexperts say the chemical properties of charcoal can absorb discolorations in tooth enamel like plaque and other composites responsible for staining your teeth, hence, whitening your teeth in the process. It’s also recommended that you consult your dentist in Idaho Falls before using this product.
Add a mouthwash on top of your daily brushing and flossing regimen because it helps protect your oral health from problems like gingivitis, tooth decay, and plaque build-up. When you’re looking for the best mouthwash, also see to it that it contains fluoride, this is the chemical which is responsible for fending your teeth off cavities which in turn, keeps your enamel strong. Also, the best part about using mouthwash before and after brushing is it helps your breath smell good. The after-mouthwash feeling is just so refreshing and you can be more confident of strutting that smile anywhere, anytime!BY
- Tongue Scrapers
This is sometimes overlooked by people but what they don’t know is that a tongue scraper has a million benefits! Okay, maybe not a million but a few important benefits like removing food debris and bacteria that has accumulated over time. Bacteria left on your tongue is the main cause of bad breath and can also diminish your taste sensation. So if you want to enjoy your food better while having a pleasant-smelling breath, go do yourself a favor and get a tongue scraper!
An entire DIY dental routine only takes less than 30 minutes twice daily. Aside from your regular dental checkups, maintaining an excellent oral hygiene also means you’re protecting yourself from bad oral health issues that might affect your internal organs in the long run. So it’s better to be safe than sorry.
By Kerry Brooks
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