When communicating through face to face conversation, people usually look at the other person’s mouth. That’s why smiles are so effective and people who can flash the perfect smile—with bright white teeth and perfectly-pink gums framed by smooth hydrated lips—are guaranteed to win big points. Whether you’re looking for a low-cost smile-touch-up or are considering something more serious, like composite veneers, here are five tips that will get you the perfect smile you’re looking for.
- Brush Religiously
Brushing your teeth at least twice daily is a must. The food we eat leaves a film of bacteria on our teeth that if not cleaned, can lead to tooth decay, gum disease and other nasty ailments. When left to fester, these bacteria harden, making them more difficult to remove. Brushing your teeth each morning and evening with a fluoride toothpaste will keep your teeth free from bacteria build-up, and will maintain their cleanliness. Make sure to use a toothbrush that fits nicely into your mouth and is able to reach all the nooks and crannies. If it’s too large, it won’t allow you to maneuver smoothly. If it’s too small, chances are you’ll miss lots of spots.
- Don’t Forget To Floss
Although brushing gets rid of most of the gunk, it doesn’t manage to clean away the bits of food stuck between your teeth and gums. If ignored, this food breeds bacteria, no matter how often you brush. This is why flossing is so crucial. Whether you choose to use a floss-stick or thread, patiently floss both sides of each tooth, carefully cleaning away the hidden gunk. If you aren’t a regular flosser, starting to floss may cause bleeding. Gently floss every day and your gums will get used to it causing the bleeding will stop.
- Gum care
When it comes to taking care of your mouth, don’t forget about your gums. They may not be the most visible element of your smile but maintaining their health will keep you safe from gum disease and bad-breath. When brushing your teeth, gently brush your gums too.
- Use Whitening Strips
Even perfectly clean teeth aren’t always perfectly white. Whitening strips solve this problem. The strips contain a gel that cleans the stains on your teeth, leaving them far whiter than any toothpaste can. Applying them twice daily for a couple of weeks will work wonders, giving your teeth that perfectly bright shine.
There’s nothing more annoying or embarrassing than not being able to smile because of dried, cracked lips. For some people, maintaining lip-moisture requires constant vigilance. If this sounds familiar, make to drink lots of water for hydration, and use a good-quality lip-balm. Spend a couple weeks testing a couple brands until you find the one that works for you.
- Foods to Watch Out For
Aside for cleaning your teeth from the food you’ve eaten, be proactive and watch the foods you put into your mouth to begin with. Be wary of coffee, tea, wine, sodas and any foods with excessive sugar content. These foods have a particularly bad reputation when it comes to discoloring and damaging teeth. If you’re going to have your coffee, wash it down with a glass of water, or even better, a swig of mouthwash.
Sticking to these daily practices will allow you to confidently flash the smile you’ve always wanted to have. Your teeth will shine, your lips will be moist and you’re breathe will remain fresh too. Happy smiling!