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Health Tips for Pearly Whites

By Dontaira Terrell
Posted On May 24, 2016
Health Tips for Pearly Whites

As cliché as it may sound, the old saying, “a smile is worth a thousand words,” holds undeniable truth. Not only does a radiant smile turn heads, but it is also a great glimpse into your overall well-being. Check out our tips to learn how to treat your teeth and maintain your oral hygiene.

Brush the right way: The way in which you brush your teeth can possibly strip your enamel causing your teeth to turn yellow over time. Gently brushing in short back-and-forth strokes is the correct way to get the job done. Another tip to keep in mind is to always use a soft head for your toothbrush NEVER a hard one. A hard head is similar to wiping sandpaper over your teeth that constantly strips away at your enamel and tears at your gums. Ouch!

Photo Credit: Shutter Stock
Photo Credit: Shutter Stock

Brush time: According to the American Dental Association, brushing your teeth for a few seconds just won’t do! Brushing for at least two minutes twice a day is the way to go. Don’t forget to change your toothbrush every two to three months, use baking soda-once a week, and brush twice a day, at the very least.

Vaseline: For a beauty queen smile, swipe a little Vaseline (100% pure petroleum jelly, of course) on your teeth. Believe it or not, it keeps lipstick smudges away but also protects your teeth against food and wine stains.

Eat your way to great teeth: Eating veggies and fruits such as apples, celery, and carrots serve as mini toothbrushes while chewing because they help scrub stains away. It is also important to mention that if you decide to eat an apple in between meals and are unable to get in a quick brush, be sure to follow-up with a glass of water. This rinses away sugar, acid, and plaque that these foods may have removed from your enamel while indulging.

Maintaining your oral health habits is one of the best things that you can do for your teeth, gums, and enamel upkeep.