Some people are blessed with a natural born smile that can light up a city. A combination of genetics, good diet and care can contribute to having perfect white teeth, but what about those of us who have to struggle to achieve those pearly whites? Here are 5 steps that will help you achieve that goal naturally.
Brush ‘em Hard
There is a reason why our parents insisted on teeth cleaning in Singapore when we were younger. Brushing is the number one way that our smile can become pearly whites. Make sure you brush your teeth at least twice a day. Some people prefer to do it immediately after they wake up to get rid of bad breath and the germs that can form in the mouth overnight. Others prefer to simply wash out their mouth with water and brush after their first meal so that there won’t be any remains in between the gums. Make sure you also brush before you go to bed because if any food particles are left in your mouth overnight, it is a recipe for cavities.
See Your Dentist
Even if you have perfect oral health, it is advisable to see your dentist every 6 months or so. There are many things that can go wrong, from cavities to discolouration. A dentist can do teeth polishing so that your pearly whites remain both pearly and white. Even if you brush religiously, sometimes plaque can build up over the months and years. Or your diet could have an effect on your gums and teeth. To prevent all of this and to remain on top of any oral diseases, see your dentist regularly. She/he can advise you on proper oral hygiene.
Eat Lots of Fruits
Fruits like bananas are useless when it comes to boosting oral health and hygiene, but apples and other crunchy fruits are perfect. They are rich in vitamins that are great for your body anyway but the acids in the fruits itself are also supposed to cleanse the teeth and strengthen the gums. Raisins, though not technically fruit, are also good for your mouth because it is high in natural sweeteners without sucrose, which is harmful to the body.
Glug, Glug, Glug
Apart from being good for your overall health, drinking a lot of water helps the mouth stay moist and hydrated, thus preventing the growth of germs and bacteria on the tongue and gums which contribute to bad breath. In addition to smelling terrible, these growths can also affect your teeth and lead to cavities. Drinking plenty of water, especially after a meal, ensures that there is no food particles stuck in the back somewhere for germs to target. It washes the mouth clean and prevents the build-up of plaque.