When you look in the mirror and smile, are you satisfied with what you see? Is your smile sparkling or just so-so? If it’s just okay - but nothing special – dentist Columbia Dr. Gregory Wych has some tips for creating a smile that you’ll be happy to show off!
Relax! If a visit to the dentist creates anxiety, try listening to your favorite music during your next appointment. And be sure to communicate with your dentist Columbia – he understands your fears and can help.
Flossing vs. Brushing. Flossing before brushing helps make brushing more effective by freeing food that’s trapped between your teeth. If you have a hard time holding the floss, purchase some floss holders found at most drugstores.
Toothpicks: Be gentle! If you don't have floss, you can use a toothpick to gently remove food that’s stuck between teeth. If you press too hard you can injure your gums, or even worse, break off the toothpick below the gum line, which causes a significant amount of painful.
Replace your toothbrush. The bristles on toothbrushes have a tendency to fray, flatten, and just wear out over time. If you use a manual toothbrush, your dentist Columbia suggests replacing it every three or four months; for electric models, follow the manufacturer's suggestions.
Say cheese! The proteins found in cheese can help keep your tooth enamel sturdy by decreasing demineralization. It also contains important calcium to help build up your teeth. And don't forget to include vitamin D in your diet, by including foods such as milk, egg yolks, and fish.
Remove those stains! If you love coffee, red wine, or other tooth-staining food and drink – and it’s affecting your smile - try brushing baking soda on your teeth twice a month to help brighten your teeth.
Eat to reduce stains. It's best to brush thoroughly after eating foods that stain your teeth such as blueberries, coffee or smoking cigarettes. To help lessen discoloration and freshen up your smile, after brushing eat apples, pears, carrots, or celery, all of which activate saliva that keeps your teeth bright.
Tackle your tongue! Tackle bad breath each time you brush by brushing or scraping your tongue. Your tongue contains the bacteria that help cause bad breath, so scrubbing it daily can help lessen odor-causing compounds.