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5 top tips for a brighter smile and healthier teeth

5 top tips for a brighter smile and healthier teeth
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"I don't want whiter, healthier teeth", said no one ever. Since we're spending more time at home and trips to the dentist have become less frequent, many of us are looking to step up our dental routines. Aside from the classic two minutes of brushing and regular visits to the dentist, what do your teeth actually need to stay healthy and look whiter?

Looking after your teeth is all about routine and practising your healthy habits consistently. Alongside brushing your teeth for two minutes, day and night, there are a few ways you can make sure your smile stays in check.

1. Brush properly

One of the most important things when it comes to brushing is that you brush properly. Brush for the FULL two minutes, and make sure you brush the back. Take your time and move the brush in circular motions to remove any stubborn plaque.

2. Go electric

Manual toothbrushes are getting left behind and replaced by their more efficient, electric counterparts. Although they can be a little bit more expensive, investing in an electric toothbrush is an investment in your dental hygiene, and your smile will love you for it.

Rechargeable and longer-lasting, electric toothbrushes result in less waste while giving your teeth a better clean. They also help to make sure that you're brushing for the correct amount of time, as many electric toothbrushes come with built-in timers.

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3. Don't rinse

This may sound strange, but trust us on this one. Lots of people make the mistake of rinsing water their mouth as soon as they've finished brushing their teeth. Although you can spit out excess froth, you should leave the toothpaste in your mouth once you finish brushing. This gives the toothpaste more time to work its magic, rather than cutting the journey short.

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4. Mouthwash isn't just for bad breath

Mouthwash should have a firm place in your dental routine. Not only does it keep your breath fresh, but it also helps to reduce the bacteria in your mouth, making it harder for dental plaque to form. Less plaque means healthier teeth and a happier smile.

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Should I use mouthwash before or after brushing?

Using your mouthwash immediately after brushing will wash away your toothpaste and interrupt its good work. Instead, according to the NHS website, you should use your mouthwash at lunchtime to refresh your mouth in the middle of the day.

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5. Everyone needs to floss

We've all been told to do it, and many of us have forgotten about it (or, pretended to). A terrible habit that the British population is famous for is our refusal to floss. Flossing isn't just for getting food out of your teeth, it's an important method for strengthening your gums and reducing plaque. Also helping to reduce inflammation, flossing reaches the areas that your toothbrush can't, helping to keep your mouth as clean as possible.

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As a haircare obsessive, I’m always on the lookout for new products and methods that will define my crown. I can never stick with a hairstyle for too long, and I love to pair minimal makeup with a bold lip. I specialise in haircare, with a mission to make all hair types and textures look and feel fantastic. If you’re after a new routine or product – I’m your girl, I’ve tried every haircare challenge and all the curl creams I can get my hands on. I couldn’t live without my wash-and-go routine, and I follow the Curly Girl Method religiously. Unable to find my perfect salon, I’ve always cut, braided and dyed my own hair, working as a freelance hairdresser since 2016. Although I’m a long-time fanatic, I’ve been writing about beauty since 2019, working with haircare specialists from Cantu, Boucleme and Mielle Organics to uncover the best tricks and tips. Felicia Leatherwood is my haircare guru, and Scary Spice is my all-time icon.
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