Sometimes we forget how important our teeth are in our daily lives and do not take proper care of them. Our level of confidence will decrease if our smile is not the same.

We must not forget that oral health has an impact on our overall health which contributes to diseases such as diabetes, endocarditis and cardiovascular disease.

There are several ways to get healthy teeth. We have put together 12 tips to improve the health and appearance of your smile.

Brushing at least twice a day

You have to brush your teeth at least twice a day, every morning and night. If possible also after every meal to prevent the accumulation of bacteria. You should brush for a total of 2 to 3 minutes.

Brushing carefully

It is suggested that you place your toothbrush at a 45-degree angle to your gums and gently move the brush back and forth in small circles.

Brush the outer surfaces, the inner surfaces, and the surfaces above the teeth. However, when cleaning the inner surfaces of the front teeth, tilt your brush vertically and make several upward and downward strokes.

Purchase the appropriate toothbrush

There are soft, medium and hard toothbrushes. Most dentists recommend a soft or medium toothbrush because hard bristles can damage tooth enamel or gum tissue over time.

Always choose a nylon brush over natural bristles and replace your toothbrush every 3 months or after an illness such as a cold or flu.

Use products with fluoride

The use of a mouthwash, toothpaste and floss containing fluoride help harden the enamel of the teeth making them more resistant to plaque and sugar, reducing the risk of tooth decay.

Brushing the tongue

Bacteria accumulate in the small cracks of the tongue, as it is not a smooth surface. Bacteria remain there until the tongue is scraped. Therefore, brushing the tongue is essential to maintain healthy teeth as well as to stop bad breath.

Floss daily

Daily flossing helps remove bacteria and plaque that builds up between the teeth. If you notice blood or swelling due to flossing, visit your dentist.

To floss properly, wrap the ends of the floss around the index fingers of each hand and floss between and around each tooth. Here are more tips on how to floss properly.

Acidic Beverage Intake Limit

Some acidic drinks include soft drinks, fruit juices and wine. Acidic drinks dissolve the enamel on your teeth leading to sensitivity and cavities. If you drink acidic beverages, it is recommended that you use a straw, and drink water afterwards to naturalize some of the acid.

Limit sugary foods

Sugary foods lead to tooth decay. Be aware of what you are consuming by reading nutritional facts and labels, making wise choices, and choosing low-sugar options. Be aware that starchy foods such as pasta and bread break down into sugar on contact with saliva.

Get the essential vitamins

Vitamins A, C, D and K, and the minerals calcium, magnesium and phosphorus support healthy muscles, hair, bones, immune systems and are also very good at keeping teeth and gums in top shape. Consuming the right nutrients will help resist infection and reduce the likelihood of tooth decay and gum disease.

Only use your teeth to chew your food

Do not use your teeth to break nuts, bite your nails, open packages or remove bottle caps. Otherwise, you run the risk of breaking, and eroding, the teeth due to the exposed pressure.

Protect your teeth from injury

Wearing a mouth guard, face cage, or helmet is recommended when playing sports or attempting a hazardous activity. If a tooth has fallen out for any reason, rinse it and put it back if possible, or keep it in your mouth. If that is not possible, store it in milk until you get to the dentist. You can make an emergency same-day appointment here.

Visit the dentist every 6 months

It is recommended that you visit your dentist at least twice a year for a cleaning, and more frequently if you have gum problems or extensive cavities. If you are suffering from toothache or bleeding gums, make an appointment as soon as possible, your dentist can help control and treat the symptoms and causes.