As a child, my mom would drag my brother and I to the dentist every six months. We absolutely dreaded it, but Mother always emphasised the importance of dental care. As an adult, I completely forgot to take proper care of my teeth on a daily basis, and I also stopped visiting my dentist regularly. Needless to say, I now regret this. So that you can learn from my mistakes, I present you with the five habits of people who have perfect teeth.

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1. Get the right toothbrush

Make sure you get a good, proper toothbrush with soft bristles that will be more delicate on your teeth. Replace your toothbrush every three months for hygiene purposes, and because your toothbrush will become worn out from all that brushing.

2. Brush your teeth twice a day

Brushing in the morning is essential, but how often do you brush at night? Brushing your teeth properly after breakfast and before bed will help break down plaque. If you eat sweet, sugary foods during the day, you can also brush after lunch to ensure your teeth are clean.

3. Floss

Make a habit of flossing! No really, you should floss at least once a day to remove food and plaque that your toothbrush might have missed.

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4. Visit your damn dentist

Some areas of the mouth are missed even when brushing twice a day, so you have to visit a dentist or oral hygienist regularly. Built-up plaque that solidifies and turns into tartar is extremely difficult to remove – you’ll need help from a professional. Visiting your dentist twice a year prevents the tartar from hardening on your teeth and creating holes. These holes will cause cavities, and create even bigger problems. So, go for that clean once every six months, because paying for fillings will be a lot harder on your pocket than a basic clean!

5. Whiten (if you want to) 

If you take good care of your teeth you can definitely follow that up with tooth whitening.  However, whitening is extremely expensive and not everyone can afford it. Luckily, there are whitening toothpastes and kits available that are more affordable and give decent results.

Teeth Whitening Toothpaste

Confession time: I was a whitening toothpaste junkie in high school, and I practically made my mom buy it every single month! I absolutely loved it, and in my high school yearbook photos, I’m flaunting my pearly whites! I currently love Colgate Optic White R30.95. On the package they say your teeth will be whiter in one week, and they really will be, no jokes!

At-Home Tooth Whitening Kit

I was considering going to the dentist to get my teeth whitened, but the prices were too high, so I decided to get an alternative that would deliver the same results. I started using One Smile Teeth Whitening Kit R890 a few weeks back, and the results are great. I was expecting to follow an intense step-by-step guide, but it was pretty simple! I just had to fill the mouth tray with whitening gel, attach it to the whitening light unit, place it in my mouth, press the button and voilá, it was done! The light unit will automatically turn off after 10 minutes, meaning you don’t have to keep time. I repeated the process for six consecutive days and got amazing results.

Take care of your teeth Lovelies!

Dentist

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