Admit it: as a busy bee hustling through everyday, you’ve probably skipped the brush and floss at least once in your adulting life. Maintaining your oral hygiene is a habit, and it’s just as much of a beauty must as removing your makeup and cleansing your face.

For the most part, people seem to think that oral health stops at brushing daily. Well, not to be the bearer of bad news, but that simply won’t cut it. If you want your pearly whites to shine, there are a few other steps to take besides religiously picking up your toothbrush. Here are 10 useful tips to consider!

10 USEFUL TIPS TO IMPROVE YOUR ORAL HYGIENE


TIP #1: BRUSH AT LEAST TWICE A DAY
It’s okay if you can’t brush your teeth after every meal, TBH. But make sure to start and end your day with it. If not, all the debris from that steak you chowed down on will decay and transform into plaque that will poke tiny, painful holes between your teeth. So, uh, not worth it.

TRY: Kiss You Ionic Toothbrush, P475

TIP #2: FLOSS
If you think brushing your teeth alone removes all the food scraps stuck between them, think again. Flossing dislodges all the debris that brushing can’t reach, so make it a habit unless you want those nasty cavities lingering on your choppers months. Yikes!

TRY: Dental Lace in Granite, P350

TIP #3: LOAD UP ON FRUITS AND VEGGIES
You see, the secret to fresh breath isn’t so secret at all. You are what you eat, and developing clean eating habits will reward you with fresh breath. On the flipside, alcohol, junk food, and preserved foods are to blame if you’re suffering from bad breath. Notice the unpleasant odor from your burp after drinking vodka? That explains it!

TIP #4: INCORPORATE ACTIVATED CHARCOAL INTO YOUR ROUTINE
Activated charcoal is widely known for its versatility, especially when it comes to all things beauty and wellness. In addition to its teeth whitening powers, this superstar also eliminates hard-to-remove stains, keeps your breath minty-fresh, and cleans your teeth like no other.

TRY: Philippine Pure Teeth Whitening Charcoal Powder, P100

TIP #5: VISIT YOUR DENTIST EVERY SIX MONTHS
Your teeth and gums need just as much TLC as any other part of your body. While some studies show that the frequency of dentist visits depends on a person’s current oral state, don’t take any chances! If possible, visit your dentist at least once every six months to monitor sudden changes that might signal gum problems, tooth decay, and even mouth cancer.

TIP #6: USE AN ANTISEPTIC MOUTHWASH
If you’re suffering from unpleasant odor and swollen gums, this one’s for you! Antiseptic mouthwashes have a good reputation in the anti-bacterial department. It’s because these therapeutic liquids have the ability to rinse away all the germs from places that your regular toothbrush can’t reach!

TRY: Milea Organic Lemongrass Mouthwash (300ml), P315

TIP #7: CHANGE YOUR TOOTHBRUSH EVERY 2-3 MONTHS
Your toothbrush, just like any other personal tool you have, is a breeding ground for bacteria and lots of other nasty stuff. Think of it as the unsexy cousin of your favorite makeup brushes and body towels. But here’s the catch: your trusty toothbrush won’t be able to eliminate all time-accumulated bacteria even if you wash it. So, it’s best to ditch it as soon as you see dirt and debris building up.

TRY: Minka Bamboo Toothbrush with Charcoal Bristles, P225

TIP #8: AVOID ACIDIC FOOD
Citrus fruits, carbonated drinks, and wine (sorry, wine lovers!) are just some examples of acidic foods and drinks that slowly chip off our teeth’s enamel over time. The less enamel, the more exposed our roots are, the more painful it is to enjoy our favorite treats. The solution? Avoid acidic foods and drinks! Your teeth will thank you.

TIP #9: USE A TONGUE CLEANER
For some, tongue scraping may sound frivolous. But believe us when we say that this should be a priority habit when it comes to oral health. Tongue cleaners, just like toothbrushes, eliminate the odor-causing gunk stuck in your mouth—so, make sure to stock up and make this step a must.

TRY: Dentiste’ Tongue Cleaner, P178

TIP #10: ELIMINATE SUGAR
Do yourself a favor and say no to your sweet tooth, because cavities and tooth decay aren’t sweet at all. We know, it’s really sad, but many types of bacteria love to feed on sugar! Giving in to all our cravings for cakes, cupcakes, and cookies will only make things worse. If you have to have your sweet fix, opt for healthy alternatives like smoothies and acai bowls. Not only will this do wonders for your oral health, it’ll be good for the rest of your body, too.

Now that’s something to sink your teeth into!

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