Whether you’re with a date or your ma, nothing will help you turn on the charm more than a million-dollar smile. A grin here and there can be a guy’s strongest weapon, so you wanna make sure those pearly whites are up to par. There are a few things you can do to ensure whiter, brighter gnashers, to maximise that smile. Cosmetic factors aside, taking care of your oral health should be at the top of your list of priorities. That’s why we’ve put together a routine that’ll have you smiling from ear to ear because your teeth both look and feel good.
Brush ’em properly
Whether you use a manual or electric toothbrush shouldn’t matter if you’re brushing your teeth thoroughly (although an electric toothbrush will do a lot of the work for you – our pick is the Philips Sonicare 3 Series Gum Health Electric Toothbrush). Make sure you’re cleaning each tooth thoroughly AND showing your gums some attention, too. And take care of your tools – switch out your toothbrush or brush head every two to three months to avoid any bacteria build-up.
Try out charcoal toothpaste
Charcoal toothpaste is currently the biggest thing in teeth whitening. The charcoal helps remove deep stains caused by tea, coffee and tobacco. We’ve tried and tested the Beverly Hills Formula Activated Charcoal Toothpaste and can assure you it works. If you want a more traditional at-home teeth whitening product, use the iWhite Teeth Whitening Kit. Whiter teeth await you…
Sweet tongue, too
Easy to forget, but vital that you don’t if you want a bright smile AND healthy mouth. Use a tongue scraper to make sure your whole mouth is as clean as possible. Bacteria build-up on your tongue is bad for your teeth and will give your breath a one-way ticket to stinky town.
If you don’t use mouthwash, you should. A 30-second gargle is a great way to make sure you get a thorough clean and kill any lingering bacteria. Try to use a product with low/no alcohol, though, such as Oral B Complete Rinse. Alcohol dries out your mouth and can make it more susceptible to bacteria.
Never forget to floss
Seriously. It’s probably the most important step in any oral care regime and one that a lot of people forget. Your teeth might be gleaming white, but if your gums are a darker colour around the tooth and often bleed when you brush, it’s a sign that they’re not in top condition. Flossing can fix this, though, so make sure you add this step to your morning and night routine. After all, there’s nothing dashing about a smile with a tooth missing here and there!