You may not have kept all your New Year’s resolutions come March, but maintaining a bright, healthy smile is more sustainable than it seems. Here are six tips to showing off a glowing smile throughout 2019:
- Find the Tooth-Friendly Foods
Next time you’re strolling through the grocery store, seek out the stuff that’ll keep the shine on your pearly whites. Cheese, milk, and plain yogurt are some of the best foods for your teeth, as they’re rich in calcium, a mineral that fortifies enamel.
Dark leafy greens like kale and spinach are also a great choice. Throw them in a salad, on a Neapolitan pizza, or add them to your next smoothie. These greens come packed with vitamins and minerals and are low in calories.
Snacking at work? Grab an apple and some almonds. Both are high in fiber, a natural saliva-stimulating detergent for the mouth.
- Limit Soft Drinks
The pH level in a can of Coke is 2.5. In comparison, battery acid has a pH of 1.0, and water a pH of 7.0. When we slurp down soda, its acidity erodes enamel and leads to decay. So not only are soft drinks bad for your waistline, they can wreak havoc on your teeth as well.
- Don’t Fall Behind on Dentist Visits
Forgot the last time you went to the dentist? Then it’s probably time. The American Dental Association recommends visiting the dentist twice a year. The more you can prevent dental problems, the more money you’ll save on treatment costs, and the healthier your mouth will be.
(Tip: It’s helpful to schedule an appointment during the month of your birthday. That way, you’ll always remember the last time you went and can set up another visit six months after that.)
- Change Your Toothbrush Every 3 Months
Three months is the time it takes for bacteria to grow on your toothbrush. That’s why dentists recommend swapping out brushes (or toothbrush heads for electric brushes) around the three-to-four month mark. Frayed bristles are a good indication you might need a new brush.
Also, consider getting a new toothbrush if you have been sick or traveling (storing wet brushes encourages bacteria buildup).
- Brush Twice a Day and Floss Once a Day
It’s convenient to think if you brush you can get away without flossing. But they’re not mutually exclusive; rather, they’re a complementary pair. Brushing helps eliminate plaque and food debris on the visible surfaces of teeth, while flossing cleans the hard-to-reach nooks and crannies between teeth and around the gumline.
- Get Your Dream Smile
Maintain that megawatt smile with the help of GLO. The brand trusted by professional dental offices across the country, GLO is the only teeth-whitening device for home use to combine a patented heat and LED light combination technology for faster, long lasting whitening results. Even those with sensitive teeth can reap the benefits. Plus, pocket-sized GLO Vials let you keep several doses of stain removing and whitening power on hand at all times – in the office, in the car, or at a restaurant - so new stains never have a chance to set. Whether touching up or whitening for the first time, GLO is the perfect choice to keep your smile bright and healthy all year long!