Why and How to Brush Your Teeth Properly

Hello Sunshine! I have a confession to make; please don't judge me. I Kumiko Mae Yasuda, Filipina Beauty Blogger (from the tropical sunshine shores of the Philippines), do not have the best dental hygiene. By saying so, I admit that I don't brush my teeth after every meal (like when at the office), and I hardly visit the dentist (I am scared of them). I'm sharing this with you because I know, somehow, you may have been like me, or still are. And with that common ground, I hope you listen to what I have to say now.

Staying true to a healthy dental hygiene will let you enjoy the best out of life.

Here are 5 reasons why you should take care of your dental health RIGHT NOW

Avoid unnecessary pain.

If you've gone through an adult tooth extraction then you probably have gone through what it's like to experience tooth ache. It leaves you helpless, doesn't it? It's the kind of pain that gives you severe headache, and just general lousiness and unproductivity. When your teeth suffers from decay or hypersensitivity due to neglected dental health, it's almost impossible to sit back and absorb (more so contribute) to the beauty of life.

Aside from simple toothache, did you know that a bad dental health can cause other heart-related illnesses too? Don't let unwanted plaque harm even your heart health by keeping a superb dental hygiene!

Keep your confidence high.

When I was a kid, I didn't have the best teeth. For that reason, I never smiled at pictures. I can even go further and say, that instead of smiling, I glared at photos. I didn't want to smile because my teeth were horrible. Even as a kid, I experienced how directly my dental health affected my self-esteem.

Now that I'm a young professional, in the marketing field no less, and a beauty blogger as well, I can't afford to lose that confidence. My bread and butter actually relies on it. And wellness aside, I can't imagine myself inspiring other people if when I look at the mirror, I'm disappointed by my own lapses.

The truth will set you free.

If you don't stay true to your teeth, it won't stay true to you too. Keep your smile on your face and not on a glass. Related also to building and keeping confidence and a healthy esteem, your dental health plays a big role in helping you avoid needing dentures in your mid to late adulthood.

You have the power over this.

Unlike most things that sometimes make life feel so complicated and difficult, your dental health is fully within your control. In fact, even if genetics have given you crooked teeth, you can take over and correct that!

But in a more basic way of looking at it, your dental health is your full responsibility. There's no one else to blame if you don't keep things at prime state. Now because of that, nothing is hindering you from keeping a healthy mouth. From watching what you eat, to achieving a proper clean, it's all possible if you just take the wheel and steer towards the right direction.

A healthy mouth is not expensive.

In the world of beauty (and vanity), I hate to admit it but sometimes, physical beauty does come with a price. That porcelain perfect skin, silky long hair, even hourglass body costs ka-ching ka-ching! But your dental health doesn't. I will go out of limb to even say, it's what costs least--beauty wise. Granted all conditions are normal, the simple maintenance of a perfectly healthy mouth is just a gargle, brush, and floss away!

This is where my love for Colgate arises. I think it's safe to say that we've all tried the brand. Theirs is my favorite actually, the original one (the one that tastes like mentos) and the Sensitive Pro-health toothpaste. Their products do the job, and dentists really recommend them so I am at ease to take the way I care for my mouth to the next level!

 I want to enjoy life with a beautiful smile. So together with a healthy Colgate dental hygiene, I will preserve my teeth so I can continue being the best that I could be!

Here are some simple tips to correct the way you brush your teeth!

Brush your teeth on top downward, and teeth below upward. Not side to side, not in circular motion. This is to make sure you don't cause your gum to recede. Take note that when your gums recede, there's no turning that around without surgery.

When brushing, stroke each teeth towards the proper direction for one second. Include brushing the back portion of both the top and bottom rows of your teeth. So in total, you brush your teeth for 2 minutes; no more, no less.

Gargle for 30 seconds before you brush your teeth. This helps remove the stuck up food between your teeth without force. Proceed to brushing properly (read tip#1).

Don't rinse your mouth with water during and even after brushing. At any point in your brushing routine, don't rinse with water. This helps make sure the fluoride on your teeth (c/o your fluoride enriched toothpaste or mouthwash) stays on your teeth. If you feel the need to rinse at any point of your routine, especially when you're done, rinse with mouthwash.

Floss after you brush to remove any residue between your teeth.

That's it! Superb reasons to inspire you (as I have been inspired) to get on a healthy dental hygiene, and tips on brushing your teeth with expert care!

What do you think?

If you have any dental woes, or any other thought about keeping a healthy mouth, please let me know through the comments!

Kumiko Mae is a sunflower girl who loves to blog about beauty and other pretty feelings on LovingSunshine.com, a beauty and lifestyle blog in the Philippines. She lives warmly and with the heart of a never-ending sunshine. Her favorite things come in sparkly packages.

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