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4 Tips to Get Your Best Smile

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Having good oral hygiene is an important step in having a healthy body. There are many recommendations on how to achieve this. Below are some that are the newest ways to decrease bacteria in the mouth, protect or enamel and put a stop to plaque.

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Oil Pulling
The latest trend which has been around for over 3000 years old is said to pull out the bacteria and help to whiten teeth. “While it can be helpful with surface bacteria, says Gerry P. Curatola, D.D.S. Oral Health & Wellness Expert, Clinical Associate Professor, NYU College of Dentistry. “It is treating the symptoms and not the cause of oral disease.” Curatola suggests using natural toothpaste that can promote a balanced environment, though using organic coconut oil can help to get rid of thick smelly plaque. Try La Tourangelle oils (latourangelle.com).

Adding Strength
Tooth enamel is considered the hardest mineral substance in our bodies and serves to protect our teeth from decay. Acids from certain foods and drinks, as well as bacteria from plaque can damage or destroy the enamel. Dr. Curatola believes the best way to preserve the enamel is to maintain diet rich in greens, fiber and minerals. It is also important to use a soft toothbrush and toothpaste that can curb plaque such as Truly Radiant by Arm & Hammer (trulyradiant.com).

Fight Germs
As clean as your bathroom may seem, bacteria can still find its way onto your toothbrush; usually from flushing your toilet. “I recommend a hygienic disposable fabric cover known as the Toothbrush Shield (toothbrushshield.com),” says Curatola. “It keeps your toothbrush clean and protected.” Also mouth guards, retainers and Invisaligns need to be kept germ free as well. Try soaking them using products such as Fresh Guard, which can kill 99.9% of odor-causing bacteria in a few minutes or using wipes.

Whitening
Many of us interpret white teeth as a sign of a healthy mouth; which isn’t necessarily the case. So if after noticing discoloration of your teeth and consulting a dentist and there are no cavities then perhaps using an over the counter whitener can help in removing stains. Luster’s Distinctively White is an inexpensive way to achieve that (Walmart stores).

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