image0099Start off 2015 with a happy, healthy, and good-looking smile. Despite popular belief, the journey to healthy teeth and gums is not long and pain-staking; it actually can be mind-blowingly easy. Follow these tricks along with your usual dental regime for gorgeous teeth!

1.) Pay attention to the color of the food that you eat

The food that goes in your mouth shows up on your teeth. If you’re constantly drinking red wine and soda, or using tobacco, your pearly whites will not be so, well, pearly white. A nice guideline to follow is that if whatever you’re eating is dark before you put it in your mouth, it will probably stain your teeth. However, when you happen to indulge in some not-so-white foods, you can prevent stains by brushing your teeth immediately afterwards or using a bleaching agent.

2.) Grip a toothbrush like a pencil

If your toothbrush looks as though it’s been used to clean the floors, then you might be brushing too hard. While tough scrubbing may work for floors, it actually is not the best way to remove plaque. The best way to brush your teeth is to place your toothbrush at a 45-degree angle against your gums and move it in a circular motion. Hold your toothbrush like a pencil in order to prevent brushing too hard.

3.) Brush every part of your mouth

When brushing your teeth, make sure you’re covering your bases. This includes the insides and outsides of your top and bottom teeth – and even your tongue.

4.) Eat foods that naturally clean teeth

A two-in-one! Eat and clean your teeth at the same time. A few foods that are beneficial to your teeth include vegetables, fruits, dairy products, tea, cheese, nuts, fresh herbs, and whole grains.

5.) Stay hydrated

Doctors generally recommend eight 8-ounce glasses of water per day, so make sure you’re staying hydrated! Drinking water washes your mouth of food and bacteria, and keeps your mouth feeling fresh.

6.) Use your teeth for eating only

Never, ever use your teeth to open a bottle or tear something apart. This can severely damage the enamel of your teeth and can cause teeth to chip. Ouch!

7.) Avoid chewing hard foods

Chewing hard foods like hard candy or ice creates tiny fractures in the enamel of your teeth, which can result in major cracks overtime. Suck – don’t chew – hard foods.

8.) Change your brush

You use your toothbrush twice a day (hopefully), so it’s understandable if you’re feeling attached to it. However, it’s beneficial to change your toothbrush for a new one every two to three months OR after recovering from a cold. Otherwise you’re just transferring bacteria to your mouth every time you brush. So, let go of that old friend and start using a new one!

9.) Clean your tongue

Use a tongue scraper or the back of your toothbrush every day to remove tongue plaque. One of the main causes of bad breath is the build-up of bacteria on the tongue, which can be prevented with a tongue scraper. Bottom line: if your breath doesn’t smell too fresh, the answer to your problem is a tongue scraper. And maybe some sugar-free mints.

10.) Limit intake of sugary foods

No surprise here! Sugar combined with the bacteria in your mouth creates plaque, which can lead to bleeding gums, tooth decay and cavities.

Treat your teeth the way you want to be treated; it will pay-off in the long run!