02 Feb Why You Should Show your Teeth Some Love this Valentine’s Day
It’s been proven that having a nice smile increases your chances of employment, promotion and even finding love! Below, we look at ways to ensure that your smile is always tip top and ready to impress!
Brush, floss, brush and floss again!
No, this isn’t a dance move – the fundamental key to keeping a healthy smile is to brush your teeth twice a day for at least two minutes with a fluoride toothpaste. With 33% of UK adults having never flossed – it’s important to remind you that cleaning in between your teeth (where your toothbrush won’t reach) with either floss or interdental brushes such as Tepe’s should also form part of your daily oral health routine.
Ditch the sugar
Put simply, sugar is the food that harmful bacteria in the mouth love to feast on. Give them enough of it and they’ll create acids which will do some pretty bad damage to your teeth! Lowering the amount of sugar you eat, and trying to keep sweet treats to mealtimes only will help promote remineralisation of the teeth, which will help to keep the teeth eating bacteria at bay!
Look after your gums
Red is the colour of love and passion and is often associated with Valentine’s day. It’s also the colour of blood. If your gums bleed when you brush your teeth it can be a sign of gum disease. It’s important you carry on brushing and cleaning between your teeth to reduce the inflammation of the gums. If your gums bleed when you brush your teeth – speak to us today!
Frame your pearly whites
It’s not just about your teeth if you want to make a good impression. Looking after your lips also helps to improve the overall appearance of your smile. Keeping your lips moisturised (especially during the cold weather) keeps them from drying out and chapping. Ladies (and fellas!) applying lipstick can also enhance your smile dramatically. Don’t forget your lips are skin and can burn, so applying a balm with an SPF in it is also important.
Despite the current situation, smiling is the one thing that we don’t mind being infectious. Don’t forget to smile. Smiling has pretty immediate health benefits by releasing endorphins that can improve mood. The small act can also lower your blood pressure and believe it or not, even act as a pain relief!