Beauty 5 months ago
Are You Taking Care of Your Teeth?
Taking care of your teeth is very important. Safe to say that I’ve had to learn that the hard way.
If you’ve been following me on Instagram, you’ve probably seen that I had one or two problems at my last dentist appointment… and by that I mean I had 7 cavities that needed to get filled! SEVEN! So a few trips to the dentist later, I realized just how important it is for me to take proper care of my pearly whites.
Don’t get me wrong, I brushed my teeth twice a day, flossed once a day (okay maybe once every other day, I’m not perfect!) and thought I was doing just fine! Lo and behold my cavities disagreed. So, I did a deep dive into oral hygiene.
Here’s how you should be taking care of your teeth not only for vanity reasons but everything is connected. Oral health is connected to overall wellness so it’s important to get your teeth checked and cleaned bi-annually if possible.
1. Brush Correctly
Brushing your teeth correctly is a major step in making sure you’re taking care of your teeth correctly. Gentle circular motions are the key! You don’t have to be aggressive and press hard. You’re supposed to be brushing your teeth for at least TWO minutes, which actually feels like a lifetime when you’re brushing your teeth, I know. I like using an electric toothbrush with a timer feature so you know exactly how long to be brushing your teeth for. Electric toothbrushes also help you get rid of excess plaque build-up.
Cavities start between your teeth… so you really should be flossing EVERY DAY at least once! I like using little picks like these. I find them easier to use and grip! If you want to go a step further, use a WaterPik! There are some really affordable ones on Amazon and Target, and they’re great for getting in those hard to reach places and it basically feels like you’re giving your teeth a shower.
3. Don’t Forget Your Tongue
I haven’t personally gotten into using a tongue scraper but I’m definitely interested in getting one. Your tongue can hold a lot of bacteria and bad-breath build up! A tongue scraper can help get all of that off the gunk off and promote better breath!
4. Go to Your Checkups
We can all agree that no one really likes to go to the dentist. If you’re one of those people that don’t mind going… it’s probably not exactly how you’d like to spend a chunk of your day anyway. As annoying as those checkups may seem, they really are important. Regular cleanings are the difference between a baby cavity and a root canal. It’ll save you pain, time, AND money in the long run – so just do it! You owe it to yourself.
5. Get the Tools
Just like you need the proper makeup brushes for your best face of makeup… the right tools of the trade for your smile are just as important! Check out below for the CINCteam Approved picks!
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