10 tips to look after your smile

10 Tips to Look After Your Smile

At The White Bite, we love to help our patients achieve the smile they’ve always wanted. Good oral habits are important in maintaining a beautiful and healthy smile. Our team have put together their top 10 oral health tips to keep your smile in the best possible condition

Tip 1: Brush twice a day

Do you brush your teeth twice a day? Many people assume brushing in the evening is sufficient. However, brushing in the morning is just as important.

During the night, microbes grow in your mouth and create plaque on your teeth. Since your saliva production is reduced while you sleep, your body can’t naturally inhibit their growth. By brushing your teeth in the morning, you can get rid of the plaque and microbe build-up, as well as removing halitosis or “morning breath”.

Brushing in the evening is equally important as it helps to remove food particles (particularly sugar) and plaque that forms during the day. Removing food from teeth helps cut off microbial food supply.

Tip 2: Floss or use inter-dental brushes once a day

Your toothbrush removes most food particles and plaque on your teeth. However, it is hard to clean the small gaps in between your teeth and between your teeth and the gums. Therefore, dentists recommend flossing or using inter-dental brushes once a day.

This method helps remove food particles and bacteria between your teeth and along the gum line, which is the highest risk area for dental disease like dental caries and gingivitis.

Tip 3: Visit the dentist regularly

The Australian Dental Association (ADA) recommends seeing the dentist every 6 months for a preventative dental visit. These regular dental visits assist your dentist in detecting problems in their early stages, when they’re generally easier to fix. It also allows your dentist to remove calculus build-up, which is plaque that has sat in your mouth for so long that it has actually calcified. This calcified plaque harbours bacteria that cause gum disease and needs to be scrapped away.

Tip 4: Wash out your mouth after eating and drinking

Make sure you wash out your mouth with water after you eat and drink. This helps to neutralise acids and reduces staining on your teeth from drinks such as coffee, tea, and wine.

Foods rich in colour such as berries, soy sauce, or beetroot can stain your teeth as well. A helpful tip to keep in mind is – if the food or drink would leave a stain on a white shirt, it will also stain your teeth.

Tip 5: Avoid lip and tongue piercings

Lip and tongue piercings can chip or crack your teeth. If your piercing constantly rubs on your teeth, it can reduce the thickness of the enamel, the protective layer covering the surface of your teeth. Weak enamel makes the teeth more prone to cracking, dental decay and discolouration.

Your piercings can also irritate your gums and may cause them to recede. This will expose the roots of your teeth, which can lead to increased sensitivity and dental decay.

healthy food choices for strong teeth

Tip 6: Make good food choices

A diet low in sugar and processed foods and rich in fibrous foods such as carrots, apples, celery, fresh vegetables will help to keep your teeth healthy. Hard foods help to prevent biofilm (plaque) build-up and maturation.

Tip 7: Don’t smoke

Smoking weakens your immune system, reduces your saliva production, and influences your oral health enormously. Smokers usually have a weakened bone structure and show signs of gum recession. This can result in tooth loss.

Tip 8: Wear a mouthguard

Protect your teeth during contact sports and wear a custom-made mouthguard. This will help to protect your teeth and jaw in case of a direct impact to the area.

At The White Bite, we offer No Gap mouthguards for all members of private health funds with available dental extras cover. This means you won’t have any out of pocket costs for your mouthguard. If you don’t have private health cover, it’s $125.

Tip 9: Don’t bite on things that aren’t food

A common habit of people is to hold/bite pens, hair clips or even open beer bottles with their teeth. Biting onto hard things can cause your teeth to fracture, chip, or break. Try to avoid such habits whenever possible.

Top 10: Wear a nightguard

Everyone grinds and clenches their teeth at night to some degree. If someone you sleep with notices you are teeth grinding or clenching severely, you should consider wearing a nightguard. It helps to protect your teeth from para-functional wear.

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If you have any further questions about how to look after your smile, don’t hesitate to contact our friendly team today.