1 – Eat raw fruits, vegetables and nuts
Eating plenty of fruit, vegetables and nuts isn’t just good for your body. These foods can do wonders for your teeth too, though not in the same way. Whereas these foods provide nutrients and vitamins that we all need to be healthy when you chew crunchy members of these food groups they act somewhat like your toothbrush and help remove the plaque and debris that can stain your teeth and cause decay. Thus these are particularly good foods to have for lunch and as snacks.
2 – Rinse your mouth after eating citrus fruits
While we’re on the subject of food, it’s a good idea to rinse your mouth after eating citrus fruits and other particularly acidic foods as the acids they contain can degrade the enamel on your teeth, darkening them and making them more susceptible to staining and decay.
3 – Don’t eat dark foods or drink energy drinks
If you want a bright smile, avoid eating dark foods like soy sauce, chocolate and red wine as these will stain your teeth more easily than lighter-coloured foods. We also recommend avoiding energy drinks as these are acidic but don’t provide the same health benefits as citrus fruits. If you really want to drink these things though, the alternative is to use a straw so the liquid bypasses your teeth.
4 – Get a new toothbrush
Many people don’t realise how ineffective their toothbrush is once the bristles get worn. If your toothbrush has seen better days and the bristles are all bent and disordered then it’s time to get rid of it and start using a fresh new brush. This will ensure you can get your teeth really clean, removing all that debris that may be dampening your smile.
5 – Brush your tongue
Once you’ve got a shiny new toothbrush, make sure you brush your tongue every time you brush your teeth and gums. Why does this help? Well, it isn’t just your teeth and gums that accumulate bacteria that can stain your teeth, your tongue is just as good a place for bacteria to hide out. Brushing it will help you eliminate much more of the discolouration-causing bacteria in your mouth.
Happy Mother’s Day!
We hope you enjoyed this early gift and that you have a lovely Mother’s Day.