It may be the most romantic day of the year, but we are reminding people searching for the perfect Valentine’s Day gift not to ruin the love day by forgetting to do the most important thing of all – to brush their teeth. A healthy smile is the key for that perfect Valentine’s date so here are our top tips for good oral health and kissable mouth.
- BRUSH YOUR TEETH TWICE A DAY
You know you should, but it’s amazing how easy it is to forget to brush your teeth. To get the maximum benefit from brushing, you should brush twice a day: once last thing at night and at least one other time during the day. Use a fluoride toothpaste and don’t rinse after brushing – that way the fluoride can protect your teeth from decay for longer. You can’t claim to love yourself and not love your mouth. It is not possible. Click here for more information on toothbrushes, tooth brushing and toothpaste
2. FLOSS AT LEAST ONCE A DAY
Brushing may help the surfaces of your teeth you can see, but what about the bits you can’t? Cleaning in between your teeth with floss or interdental brushes is one of the best ways to love your teeth. There are many different types of floss and interdental brushes, so keep experimenting until you find the one that’s right for you. If you need advice on how to floss, talk to your dentist. A love without action is like a mouth who has not enjoyed the advantage of flossing
3. DON’T BRUSH TOO SOON AFTER MEALS
Brushing straight after you’ve eaten or drunk a cup of coffee may seem like a good way to protect your teeth from plaque and stains. But, in fact, brushing within an hour of eating or drinking some foods can do more harm than good.
4. CHEW GUM AFTER EATING
The best way to freshen up your mouth straight after eating is to chew gum. Look for sugar-free brands, many of which contain xylitol; a natural sweetener that helps stop bacteria sticking to teeth.
5. CHANGE YOUR TOOTHBRUSH
How long has your brush been sitting in its glass on the bathroom sink? If you can’t remember, it’s probably time to invest in a new one. Treat yourself to a new toothbrush every three months or less. You should also change your toothbrush if you’ve been ill. Click here to see how to keep your toothbrush safe
6. CURB YOUR SUGARY TREATS
If you have a sweet tooth, keep it in check by only having sugary drinks and foods at mealtimes. This way you’ll reduce the amount your teeth are at risk from harmful acids. If you need a snack in between meals, choose an alkaline food such as some fruits, nuts or raw vegetables.
7. VISIT YOUR DENTIST REGULARLY
It’s important to have dental check-ups as often as your dentist recommends so they can spot any problems early and treat them. If you notice any of the following changes to your mouth, you should visit your dentist sooner
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