Dental care can be a considerable expense, which is why it is important to take care of your own, and your family’s teeth as best you can to keep their smile healthy and expensive dental work bills at bay.
There are a lot of low-cost things you can do to keep your teeth clean and healthy. Here are some of the best:
Instead of drinking soda or fruit juices, try to stick to water as much as possible. Sugary sodas and fruit juices can cause cavities and make teeth yellow, and tea and coffee are known for staining the enamel of our teeth, so they are best limited, or avoided altogether as much as possible. Sticking with water, which is a natural mouthwash, will also save you money.
If you’re unable to reach your toothpaste and brush, eating a small amount of your favorite cheese after each meal will help to neutralize the acids in your mouth, preventing acid erosion.
Sugar-free chewing gum is an excellent tool in the fight against plaque acid because the act of chewing produces saliva, which washes the plaque away. Saliva also coats the teeth in minerals which help to make tooth enamel stronger.
Don’t Brush Right Away--
If you have eaten or drank something that is particularly acidic, such as soda, you should never brush your teeth immediately after finishing because the acid doesn’t always get to the teeth immediately. If you wait for 20-30 minutes and then brush, you will do a much better job of protecting your teeth.
Use Baking Soda--
Baking soda is a miracle product which can be used for everything from removing blackhead to cleaning your oven. It is also great for cleansing teeth. Just add a small amount to your brush and clean in the normal way. You could also make your own natural toothpaste using baking soda, oil, and a few extras.
Get Regular Check-Ups--
Dental work might be expensive, but regular check-ups are pretty affordable at places like SDG Dental, and they will show up any warning signs so that you can get your dental health back on track and avoid any major issues.
It is also a good idea to have a professional hygienist clean your teeth once or twice a year to keep on top of things and make it easier for you to keep your smile looking good the rest of the time.
If you want to banish bacteria and keep your teeth looking white, mix a tiny amount of hydrogen peroxide with water and use it to rinse in the same way you would with mouthwash. Just be careful not to swallow any of the liquid and don’t do this too often.
Drink with a Straw--
It might make you feel like a little kid, but if you must drink wine, coffee or anything else that stains, use a straw to keep the liquids from touching your teeth and you won’t be bothered by any stains.
By doing all of the above, and limiting dietary sugar as much as possible, your pearly whites will stay healthy and attractive, and you’ll never be faced with a huge dental bill again!