Knowing that you have a bright and strong smile can go a long way toward improving your life. Setting aside the obvious dental health benefits, there are several mental health benefits as well. If you’re not worried about someone else noticing flaws in your teeth, you might be willing to be more friendly, engaged, and open to new people and experiences.

Fortunately, returning your smile to its best state doesn’t mean committing to serious surgery or radical changes. In fact, by making subtle adjustments to your daily habits, you might find yourself with fantastic results that will leave you wondering why it took you so long to take incremental steps.

Below, you’ll find a guide to some everyday things you can do in order to improve your daily dental health. Following these suggestions will help guarantee that you can bring brightness back into your smile and can allow you to reap all of the benefits that come from having the healthy teeth you’ve always hoped for.

Work On Your Diet

It’s often been said that an ounce of prevention is worth a pound of cure, and that’s certainly true when it comes to caring for your teeth. If you’re ingesting heavily tinted, extremely acidic, and unnecessarily sugary food and drinks, all of the corrective care in the world may not be able to return the brightness and strength to your teeth that could come from cutting out those behaviors.
Soda, coffee, tea, and other potentially harmful beverages might be a big part of your routine, but it’s likely that they’re a correspondingly big part of your dental challenges. Each can potentially cause substantial discoloration and decay, creating an environment for bacteria and plaque to fester. Instead of relying on those drinks for comfort and energy, consider a more well rounded exercise routine that can allow you to better take advantage of your body’s natural energy production.

Change Out Your Toothbrush

Most people have an understanding of how essential regular brushing is to their dental health, but they may not be aware that they could be damaging their own cause by not using the proper tools. An old toothbrush is not only unlikely to thoroughly remove potentially damaging buildup, but it might even have contaminants growing on the brush head which you’re reintroducing to your mouth each time you brush.

You should be sure to replace your toothbrush on a regular basis. A good rule of thumb is to buy a new brush each time the seasons change. This can help guarantee that you’re always getting the best possible performance from your hygiene tools and can minimize the risk that you’re actually counteracting your health while trying to keep good habits.

Clean Your Tongue

Intensely brushing your teeth while ignoring your tongue is somewhat similar to straightening books on your coffee table while ignoring huge rings from drinks which may be stained into the surface. Your tongue collects germs and debris just like the rest of your mouth does, and if you don’t act to clean it, you might be faced with a serious issue.
Your tongue should be brushed and scraped as frequently as your teeth. If you have a sensitive gag reflex that presents challenges to that process, consider picking up a specially medicated mouthwash that’s designed for treating the surface of your tongue and removing the offending bacteria.

Dr. Richard Leong has the experience necessary to provide you with dental services that can change your life. Following these practices is an important first step, but it’s important to commit to a solid treatment regimen if you want to bring out the very best in your smile every day.