Our oral health plays a big role in our day-to-day life. According to a dental study, approximately two-thirds of people surveyed say the appearance of their teeth has a negative impact on their confidence. While there are a lot of things out of our control when it comes to our teeth (like genetics), there are a few things you can do to naturally improve your smile. From changing up your diet to improving your dental hygiene habits, here are five simple ways you can feel better about your smile.
Eat more strawberries and apples
Summer is right around the corner, which means it’s prime season to get your hands on some of the best fruit around for your teeth: strawberries and apples. Apples are great because they act as a natural sponge, gently scrubbing away at food particles and plaque on your teeth while you munch and crunch. Even the apple skin can help to remove plaque from between your teeth, too. Strawberries are also fantastic for your teeth because they contain natural whitening properties. Strawberries contain malic acid, which is a natural tooth-whitening enzyme.
Swish with water after your morning coffee
The surface layer of your teeth is kind of like a sponge. Throughout the day, it absorbs the beverages that you drink like coffee, tea, juice, and more. Over time, your teeth can begin to stain because of this absorbing quality. Your teeth may be perfectly healthy but may appear yellow or even brown at times. An easy, natural way to combat teeth stains is by swishing with water after drinking a darker beverage. This keeps particles from the beverage from settling on your teeth.
Relax your jaw when you brush
Approximately one in 10 Americans admit that they regularly forget to brush their teeth. This can be a big problem not only for the appearance of your smile but also for your dental health. It only takes between 24 to 72 hours for plaque to turn into tartar, which can put you at greater risk for tooth decay. This is especially true for your back molars, which can be difficult to reach with a toothbrush even when you do brush your teeth regularly. The good news is that there’s a really easy to remove more plaque from those back teeth: close your mouth. When you close your mouth and relax your jaw while brushing your teeth, it creates more space between your back teeth and your cheek, allowing your toothbrush to really get in there.
Spruce up your bathroom
According to Houzz, approximately one-third of homeowners say they’ve changed to a healthier lifestyle after remodeling their kitchen. The same may very well be true for the bathroom. If you tend to rush your brushing and flossing time when taking care of your teeth, consider giving your bathroom a small upgrade. Bathroom additions offer a return on investment of 86.4%, but you don’t have to go big. Swapping out your bath mat and shower curtain, changing up your hardware, and adding some plants could make your bathroom a happier place to spend your time in. You may also be less likely to rush through your brushing, which means happier and healthier teeth.
Make a tongue-scraper part of your routine
One of the best ways to fight back against tooth decay and bad breath is by fighting the source: bacteria. The bacteria in your mouth like to feed on the food and drink particles that are left on your teeth after you finish eating. As the bacteria digest these food particles, they produce acids that cause cavities. Much of the bacteria in your mouth likes to linger on your tongue, especially the back of your tongue. A tongue scraper is an easy way to remove a lot of the bad bacteria from your mouth, reduce your risk of cavities, and even improve your breath.
You don’t need to spend an arm and a leg on whitening treatments and other aesthetic treatments to feel better about your smile. By following these simple tips above, you can easily improve the overall health and appearance of your teeth.