Did you know? A smile is top of the list of things we notice when meeting someone new. February may be the month for love, but it is still a necessity to show some love to your mouth.

We know that a perfect smile is key for a Valentine's date, so here are our tips on keeping your mouth happy.

Brush your teeth twice a day

We understand that this is an obvious one, but recent studies show that many of us aren’t doing it properly. Cleaning your teeth should last at least 2 minutes and should be with a fluoride toothpaste. A theory by Colgate is that this not only keeps a healthy mouth, but can also help to maintain a healthy heart as gum disease can be a reason for heart disease due to dislodged bacteria entering the bloodstream which increases blood clots. For more information on this, see the article here http://bit.ly/1nq5N1G

It is important that you do not rinse after brushing to ensure fluoride stays on your teeth longer, and wait at least one hour after eating before brushing as some foods break down tooth enamel, so brushing straight after could damage the protective layer.

Floss

Only 21% of adults admit to flossing regularly. Following the recommended floss once a day, you will help to remove plaque from areas that your toothbrush can’t reach. Making this as important as brushing regularly, you will stop plaque from building up and eventually hardening into tartar.

Sugar free chewing gum

We all know bad breath is a big no when it comes to the dating game, so to ensure you’re smelling fresh, chewing sugar free gum between meals will work a dream, and will also work to clean the mouth after meals.

Change brush every 3 months

Your toothbrush can become a breeding ground for germs and bacteria, especially if your toothbrush is stored amongst others. If you have been ill, or if the bristles become frayed, consider changing your brush sooner.

Cut down on sugary meals

To fight against tooth decay, try to keep sugary food and drinks to mealtimes, and a minimum when snacking. Stick to fresh fruit as opposed to dried fruit, during the drying process sugars can be released which then gives it a tendency to stick to teeth.

Visit a dentist regularly

It is important that you visit your dentist as regularly as they suggest so that you can ensure your teeth and gum stay healthy. Your dentist will evaluate the health of your gums, check for tooth decay, and will also examine your face, bite, saliva and movement of your lower jaw joint. If there is anything irregular, your dentist will take action so that any problems are fixed sooner rather than later. Between dental check-ups, you should maintain good oral health to prevent any issues from developing.

Be mouth aware

It’s important to keep your mouth in check. Visit your dentist regularly, and keep an eye out for any changes, such as lumps, red and white patches, and mouth ulcers that don’t heal within 3 weeks.

Keeping on top of good oral health is vital to ensure your teeth can tolerate a lifetime of use. If you stick to our tips, we can (almost) guarantee you a second date! For more information on dental health and implants, see our What Works for You blog. 

 

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