Smiling is the best weapon against stress. Forcing yourself to smile can boost your mood. Psychologists have found that even if you’re in bad mood, you can instantly lift your spirits by forcing yourself to smile (NursingSchools.net). So here are some habits that you need to avoid to keep that dashing smile:
- Brushing too soon after eating
- Consuming acidic foods and beverages, such as sports and energy drinks, citrus fruits, can erode your natural tooth enamel—the glossy outer layer of the tooth. Brushing your teeth soon after consuming these things can cause more damage because you are essentially brushing the acid into the teeth, not getting rid of it. Instead, you should rinse your mouth with water after consuming acidic foods and beverages and wait at least 30 minutes before brushing your pearly whites! It helps wash away excessive acids in the tooth making it easier to remove after brushing.
- Using a hard-bristled toothbrush
- A hard-bristled toothbrush together with an aggressive brushing technique can cause irremediable damage to your gums. Using a back-and-forth, sawing motion causes the gums to withdraw, and can expose the root of the tooth, making teeth extremely sensitive. Using a soft toothbrush and gently brushing your teeth at a 45-degree angle, in a circular motion can lessen tooth sensitivity and avoid gum bleeding.
- Not flossing
- Flossing removes plaque from areas between your teeth that your toothbrush can’t reach. If this plaque is not removed, it can eventually harden into calculus or tartar leading to gum disease. Maybe you’re too tired at the end of the day to bother with flossing. Yet, it doesn’t really matter when you do it. The most important thing is to just do it—once a day.
- Not replacing your toothbrush often enough
- Not only are old toothbrushes ineffective, they are also harboring harmful bacteria that can cause infections. If you don’t replace your toothbrush regularly, your promoting a suitable environment for microorganisms which can cause gum disease and tooth problems. Toothbrushes should be changed every three to four months.