How to Achieve Clean and Healthy Teeth for Your Wedding Day

Like most brides we all dream of that perfect smile and want our teeth to be looking perfect in photographs that we will reminisce over for years to come. As I am getting married myself in 2021 and having had braces as a teenager to straighten and remove my two goofy teeth at the front I've always taken good care of my teeth, keeping them clean and healthy. Here are my tips to help you achieve clean and healthy teeth like me for your wedding day.

Use Colgate Total Whitening Toothpaste

If you’re happy with the look of your teeth like me but just want to brighten them up just a bit, you can try using a whitening toothpaste as a part of your daily teeth hygiene regime. 
Whitening toothpastes don't contain bleach and can lighten your tooth colour by about one shade. Although it can take about a month to really see an improvement on whiteness, you can start using it long before your wedding day to get your teeth looking whiter and fresher. 

I have been using Colgate Total Whitening Toothpaste £4 (125ml)* which you can pick up at most supermarkets including Morrisons, which I think is a really affordable price for a whitening toothpaste. It's proven to help remove stains for whiter teeth, and fight bacteria on teeth, tongue, cheeks and gums for up to 12 hours (after 4 weeks of continued use). It has a really nice, minty taste that leaves my mouth feeling refreshed for ages.

Follow a healthy pre-wedding diet

What you eat and drink before your wedding is always on your mind anyway with fitting in your dress, but did you know the food you eat and drink can cause tooth decay? Especially those foods containing a high amount of sugar and acids which can naturally weaken the enamel on your teeth. In particular try to cut out any
 coffee, curries and red wine before your wedding as they tend to leave stains on your teeth. 

 Instead in the lead up to your wedding try to eat plenty of fiber-rich fruit and vegetables, as well as starchy foods, such as bread, rice, potatoes and pasta. Plus cheese and yogurt are high in calcium and protein, which makes them great for improving the strength and health of your teeth. 

Use a mouthwash that contains fluoride

Mouthwash can help prevent tooth decay and stop bleeding gums, but doesn't replace brushing your teeth twice daily or flossing in terms of dental hygiene, and it's only effective when used correctly. Try not to use mouthwash straight after brushing your teeth or it'll wash away the concentrated fluoride in the toothpaste left on your teeth. Choose a different time to use mouthwash, such as after lunch time.

Keep up your dental regime

Even though you can feel really busy planning your wedding day, it’s important to keep up a proper dental regime for your teeth. That means keeping up with daily care, like brushing brushing your teeth last thing at night and at least one other time during the day, with a fluoride toothpaste. Also try to spit out after brushing and do not rinse, so that the fluoride stays on your teeth longer. Don't forget to have regular dental check-ups and regular teeth cleanings if you want a healthy white smile on your wedding day.

Keep your mouth hydrated

Drinking at least 2 litres of water a day, everyday before your wedding and even on your wedding day will help you achieve a beautiful smile because the fluoride in drinking water strengthens teeth. Plus, saliva is 99% water, so drinking plenty of water will ensure your mouth produces enough saliva to keep your teeth protected. Drinking water can also water-down stain causing foods and keep your mouth and lips moist for longer.

Replace your manual toothbrush with an electric toothbrush

Having a retainer on the back of my top and bottom teeth, and having suffered with bleeding gums my dentist recommended I purchased an electric toothbrush because they are known to clean your teeth and gums much better than a manual toothbrush. When cleaning your teeth with an electric toothbrush, try and hold it at a 45-degree angle to your gum line and move it slowly from tooth to tooth. The small sized head on an electric toothbrush means that it is ideal for cleaning individual teeth and by taking your time you’ll be removing plenty of plaque, tartar and food build up.

Remember to floss and use interdental brushes
Because of the retainer on my teeth, I regularly use interdental brushes which you can either get off your dentist or at the supermarket. These small bristled brushes which come in various sizes help to prevent gum disease by getting rid of pieces of food and plaque from between your teeth. 
Flossing your teeth is very similar and just as important for achieving healthy teeth because it lifts and removes plaque and food in between your teeth. 

How do you keep your teeth clean and healthy?

Liz x

*This product was gifted by Colgate, but all views are my own

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