Smiling is one of the most beautiful things we can do, and it is also the quickest way to show off our pearly whites. We don't have to have perfect teeth, but dental health is still essential. Studies show that it can be linked to increased risk of heart disease, among other systemic conditions. 

While a smile is a reflection of a person, teeth and gums are a reflection of overall health. Let's address what can be done to improve our dental health today, and what bad habits need to be brushed aside. 

1. Ditch the Traditional Toothbrush

Not all toothbrushes are created equal. Replacing a manual brush with an electric toothbrush helps remove up to 80% more plaque. 

Of course, traditional brushing is better than nothing. Removing plaque is still possible, we recommend brushing with flicking motions away from the gums as if flicking off the plaque. 

2. See a Hygienist

Scheduling an appointment with a professional is a sure way to have a proper teeth deep cleaning. The ideal is to see them every six months for a full clean that will remove everything that doesn't come out with regular brushing or flossing. 

3. Visit the Orthodontist

Getting braces won't be a quick fix, but correcting a bite will contribute to healthy gums and teeth. Check with the orthodontist for a consultation. Misaligned or overcrowded teeth directly affect oral health, speech, and even digestion.  

Depending on the case, they will correct misalignment, prevent jawbone erosion, or deem if teeth replacement is necessary. 

4. Keep The Stains Away

The best way to get rid of staining is to prevent it from happening in the first place. While it is unrealistic to avoid coffee, drinking water between sips of coffee will decrease the staining. It also helps to use a straw whenever enjoying beverages that are notorious for staining - especially after the use of a whitener.  

5. Protect Tooth Enamel

Tooth enamel is one of the four major tissues of our teeth, and it is the main protection against tooth decay. Avoid sugary foods and acidic drinks that wear down on enamel because once it is damaged, it can't grow back. 

Fortunately, while it is impossible to reverse enamel damage or grow it back, it can be remineralized. Use toothpaste that has fluoride in the formula so that it can counteract the acidity from drawing calcium out of the teeth. Calcium is the key to ultimate enamel preservation, especially for those who have an affinity for acidic products. 

Summing it Up

Taking care of our smile doesn't stop at physical health. Improving and maintaining proper oral care has a direct impact on self-esteem. People with oral complications are more likely to experience anxiety and are less likely to smile. It is safe to say that our dental care affects our lives a lot more than we think.