Here are some do's and don't's for keeping your mouth clean and happy and your dentist at arm's length...
WEBMD says DON'T use your teeth for:
- Coat hangers
- Ice crushers
- Potato chip bag openers
- Knot looseners
- Fork tine straighteners
- Chomping frozen candy bars full of caramel or frozen nuts
Here's the healthy, white teeth diet (from Reader's Digest)
DON'T: drink red wine, colas, dark juices, and black tea (probably coffee too, because bottom line - if it's dark before you put it in your mouth, it will probably stain your teeth.)
DON'T: smoke (duh!)
DO: brush immediately after eating or drinking foods that stain teeth
DO: eat an apple! it's a natural "detergent" food, as well as raw carrots, celery, and popcorn
DO: get a new toothbrush every 2-3 months
More healthy teeth tips:
- Brush gently and at a 45 degree angle - teeth have no feeling, you're hurting your gums and making them recede when you brush too roughly.
- Use sugar-free mints and alcohol-free mouthwash
- Brush teeth first thing in morning and last thing at night
And on the beauty side, darker lipstick makes teeth look whiter.
Do you have any toothy grin-worthy habits to share? Spit em out!