With spring here and some of us taking off our masks completely, would love to focus on some tips for whiter, sparkly teeth. The majority of these tips have to do with the bacteria that surrounds your toothbrush, and what’s inside your bathroom. By following these 5 quick and pain free steps, you will be on your way to great teeth health.
Brush your teeth for 2 minutes straight
This might sound like a long time, but just like hand washing, 2 minutes is the ideal time. Studies have found that those who brush their teeth for 2 minutes remove double the amount of plaque than those who do a rushed method. Brushing for 2 minutes helps to ensure you are covering all your bases, and treating each area with care. Spend 30 seconds in each area: top right, top left, bottom right, and bottom left to get you there.
Floss before brushing
This might seem strange to you, but there are tons of evidence proving that flossing your teeth before you brush them can decrease a large amount of plaque buildup. Flossing removes gunk and bacteria that sticks between your teeth. Following it up with brushing will help remove all the germs for good. In fact, flossing accounts for 40% in terms of removing bacteria from your mouth.
There is this weird myth or illusion that the harder you brush, the cleaner your teeth will become. Well, this couldn’t be further from the truth. In fact, the harder you scrub makes for really difficult teeth trouble. The gums are actually really sensitive, and aggressive brushing can lead to a receding gum line. The pressure can even change the look of the pearly whites. The glossy enamel on your teeth can even make them look yellow and darker.
Give your tongue some TLC, too
Because the tongue is responsible for tasting things, keeping it clean is crucial. An unclean tongue can cause bad breath and bacteria build-up. And unfortunately, the germs can quickly spread from your tongue to your teeth and quickly can cause inflammation in your gums.
Rinse your mouth after brushing your teeth
Make sure to wash your toothbrush bristles to prevent bacteria from building up, after every single use. It will minimize the bacteria and residue that could build up. And that doesn’t mean you have to wash it with a solution or mouthwash, it just means you should rinse it with water to control the amount of germs.
Don’t forget to check your method—there is a right and wrong way to brush your teeth. In the meantime, have you ever thought about using white strips for your those IG photo ops?