How To Keep Your Teeth Clean and Healthy *

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Keeping on top of our oral hygiene is a must in our day-to-day life because if we don't look after our teeth, gums and mouth properly it can lead to some serious consequences such as gum disease and even tooth loss. In today's post, I'm talking about how to look after your teeth, gums and mouth as well as a top tip to help you if you suffer with sensitivity like me or if you want to prevent staining.

First up is the most obvious which is to make sure you brush your teeth twice a day. Try and opt for a toothbrush that can reach all of your nooks and crannies for optimum cleaning. The Colgate 360 Sensitive Pro Toothbrush is my go-to choice as it has been designed to not only thoroughly brush your teeth but it also has a tongue and cheek cleaner to help reduce bacteria that can lead to bad breath and even gum disease. The soft bristles are perfect for anyone who has sensitive teeth like me. However, if you don't have sensitive teeth, they do other toothbrushes in the 360 range too.

Make sure you visit your dentist for regular checkups and cleaning and also remember to tell them about anything you've noticed such as sensitivity, pain and discomfort at times because they can do an X-Ray to investigate further if there are no visible problems. However, if you are experiencing consistent severe pain and/or discomfort then book an appointment ASAP rather than waiting for your routine appointment to prevent potential further problems arising.

Mouthwash is a great product to use in the day to rinse your mouth out after you've eaten and to freshen up your breath. A lot of mouthwashes have antiseptic properties which can help to kill any bacteria that has formed during the day between your teeth and on your tongue.

Using dental floss once a day is a great way to remove any plaque that can cause bad breath and can lead to gum disease if it's not kept on top of. I like to use dental floss after I've brushed my teeth in the evening because it's nice to know that my teeth are extra clean whilst I sleep and no food particles that I might've missed when I brushed my teeth are lurking around. Adding to that dental floss is super handy to have at hand to dislodge any food that might have got wedged between your teeth after you've eaten. 

I would also highly recommend picking up some metal straws to help prevent staining if you're a big tea or coffee drinker and to also help with sensitivity if you have sensitive teeth. A lot of them come in a carry case or can be folded up so they're super easy to pop in your bag when you're on the go.

Lastly is to think about making some lifestyle changes such as stopping smoking if you smoke or at the very least reducing the amount you smoke and to also reduce your sugar intake and opt for more healthy food and drink such as vegetables, fruit and naturally flavoured water/juice.
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