Secrets to a beautiful smile
By Dr Imogen - White Swan Aesthetics Director
1 Spit, donât rinse. The most important thingÂ when brushing your teeth (and most peopleâsÂ biggest error) is rinsing your mouth out with water or mouthwash after brushing. If you do that, the protective toothpaste just getsÂ washed down the plug hole! The best time toÂ use mouthwash is after a snack or at a separateÂ time to brushing.
2 Donât be alternative. Even though âorganic,artisan, handmade, aloe vera toothpaste madeÂ by free-range tooth fairiesâ might sound appealing,Â the most important ingredient is fluorideÂ and lots of alternative toothpastes donât containÂ it in high enough concentrations to be effective.Â Fluoride is the key ingredient to fighting decayÂ and is recommended in 1,450ppm concentrationÂ for the average adult toothpaste.
3 Get up and brush. The best time to brushÂ your teeth is before breakfast â then you putÂ protective toothpaste on before any sugar isÂ consumed. Also, sugar in food makes teeth soft, so if you brush afterwards you could erodeÂ away the tooth surface. Ideally, you should waitÂ 30-60 minutes after eating before brushing.
4 Get a spring clean. The main cause of bleedingÂ gums is gum disease, which is caused byÂ tartar and germs collecting on the teeth andÂ gums. The only cure is to brush teeth well at home and get a professional clean by a dentistÂ or hygienist. No binge drinking Corsodyl willÂ cure things alone!
5 Your enamel is precious. Veneers and crownsÂ can help improve the appearance of teeth butÂ they come at a price, lots of healthy tooth isÂ often removed which weakens teeth long term.Â One of the best and most conservative thingsÂ you can do to improve the appearance of yourÂ teeth is have them professionally whitened byÂ a dentist.
6 Donât fear, visit once or twice a year. For mostÂ people a dental check once a year is enough toÂ detect early problems with teeth and gums. DonâtÂ forget your dentist is also checking your mouthÂ for more serious conditions like oral cancer.