Think you know how to brush your teeth properly?
Well if you are only going back and forth in a horizontal manner then you are not cleaning as well as you should.
Plaque lives underneath the gums and this is where it causes the most trouble. (See gum disease.)
And while flossing will get rid of most of it, you still need to angle the brush upward on your upper teeth and downward on your lower teeth so you actually brush underneath the gumline.
Be gentle though — especially if you have sensitive gums. You don’t have to press down too hard to get results. As you’ll see here, toothbrush pressure is a common source of unexplained sore gums.
2) Saliva Washes Away Plaque
Foods like raisins and other fruits and vegetables (apples, pears, etc.) increase the amount of saliva in your mouth.
That saliva your mouth creates actually rinses away plaque. Be sure to check out other natural teeth whiteners.
Let’s keep it real. Who really likes to floss?
It’s a tedious task that takes too much time and it can be awkward — especially if you don’t do it regularly.
Like it or love it, it’s a necessity for optimal teeth and gum health.
I have a friend with severely yellow teeth on her bottom row. I always wondered about her oral hygiene until one day she made an admission.
Not only did she neglect flossing, but because her bottom teeth are so close together, the trapped food was causing stains between and on the sides of her teeth.
After a painful deep cleaning and a few whitening treatments, her teeth look much better and as you can guess, flossing is part of her daily routine.
Even if your teeth are not close together and you don’t think food is trapped, particles still get underneath the gumline where you cannot see them. This can cause yellow teeth and gum disease.
So it’s important to floss no matter what. See tips on how to floss properly.
4) You Don’t Need to Use Whitening Toothpaste All The Time
Your teeth will only get so white, so once you’ve achieved your maximum whiteness, it’s a good idea to give your teeth a break.
This is because whitening toothpastes are abrasive to the enamel and there’s no need to use them continuously.
Read more in my Myths About Teeth Whitening.
5) Never Brush Immediately After Consuming Acidic or Sugary Foods
Doing so will drive the substance right into your enamel so it’s best to swish water around in your mouth after you eat and then wait at least thirty minutes before you brush.
6) Whitening Mouthwashes are Mostly Hype
Most whitening mouthwashes have very low concentrations of their whitening ingredients so unless you are going to rinse with the whole bottle, they aren’t going to do much good by themselves.
If you want to whiten your teeth, depend more on your toothbrush and toothpaste, not your mouthwash.
7) Electric Toothbrushes Clean WAY Better Than Manual Ones
Unless you have a bionic hand with super powers, you cannot make your manual toothbrush clean as well as an electric one.
For example, Phillips has a patented sonic technology that causes the brush to move at 2,000 brushstrokes per minute. Try that with a manual toothbrush and your arm may fall off. 🙂
Many people have saved tons of money on whitening after realizing how well these brushes polish teeth.