‘Brush twice a day and floss!’ If that’s the wisdom you’ve followed since you could hold a toothbrush, bravo! However, if you want to keep your teeth in exceptionally tiptop shape, there are a few more surprising steps that can make all the difference.
1.The 2x2 Rule
Brush twice a day—for two minutes minimum! Why two minutes? It’s easy to rush through our everyday routines. By taking a mindful two minutes to ensure you’ve brushed every part of your mouth, you’ll be making the most of a good habit.
2. Pro brushing tip
Don’t rinse out your mouth after brushing with toothpaste! Instead, spit it out and let the remaining toothpaste create a film on your teeth. This leaves ingredients like fluoride to do its enamel-strengthening work.
3.Watch what you drink
Did you know that fizzy or acidic drinks can erode your teeth's enamel? Anything like soda water, kombucha or hot lemon water can reduce your mouth’s PH levels, making the environment more acidic. Make sure you follow these drinks down with a glass of clear water and avoid brushing your teeth for 30 minutes afterwards.
4. Use a straw
Turns out using a straw isn’t just for fun! When drinking a sugary or strong-coloured drink, straws essentially minimise your teeth’s exposure to acidic or staining ingredients.
5. Buy a new toothbrush
You might know to replace your toothbrush every three months. But did you know that you should replace your brush after sickness, too? After recovering from an illness, the last thing you want to do is reintroduce those germs into your mouth. On that note: remember to wash out your toothbrush holder regularly, too!
Finally—and it may strike you as no surprise—seeing your dentist every six months can make a world of difference to your dental health. But what is surprising is that one in five adults avoid the very checkup that could save them from a lot of costs or dental discomfort in the long run.
So, if you’re ready to level up your dental care, get in touch with our friendly team today for your checkup!