The Oral Hygiene Tips You Should Adopt As You Get Older

You're never too old for whiter teeth.

These bodies we inhabit are made of fragile stuff, and in order for them to last, it’s imperative that they’re properly cared for. Case in point: your teeth.

Proper dental care is the key to graceful aging. Most people say the first thing they notice about a new person is their smile. And as the aging process kicks in, poor oral hygiene can become harder and harder to hide.

The solution? Step up your daily dental care routine. Here, we’ve outlined some essential oral hygiene tips to help you get older with a pearly white smile on your face. So get your toothbrush at the ready and let’s begin.

Whiten Up

A dazzling white Hollywood smile: the holy grail of dental hygiene. People are so desperate to achieve a glowing grin that they’ll go to almost any lengths in the hope of achieving one. However, before you go having a perfectly healthy set of teeth ground down into little stumps and fitted with veneers, why not first consider the less drastic alternative of simply stepping up your toothpaste game?

More: The 12 Best Teeth Whitening Products You Can Try at Home

Refine Your Brushing Technique

As anyone who’s ever played a round of golf with their boss will no doubt agree, someone can have all the best tools for the job, but if their technique isn’t on point, it’s all for nothing. This same logic can be applied to your dental hygiene regimen, which is why developing good brushing habits is so important to a healthy smile.


Many people simply give the outside of their teeth a quick scrub and call it a day. However, in order to get the job done properly, it’s important to spend time brushing the insides and the chewing surfaces, too. Work your way around using small circular motions and aim to spend no less than two minutes on the whole process.

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But brushing should not just end at your teeth (yes, seriously). Giving your tongue a good old scrape may sound gross but it’s actually far more disgusting not to. No matter how thoroughly you brush, bacteria can and will remain on your tongue, where it will multiply and blight you with bad breath throughout the day.

Say No To Night-Time Fridge Raiding

Is there any greater pleasure in life than a crafty chocolate biscuit and a cup of tea before hitting the hay? Perhaps not. Unsurprisingly, however, it’s not exactly a one-way ticket to a more confident smile. Think Brad Pitt maintains that ice-white grin by gorging on a packet of custard creams every evening? Think again.

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If you absolutely must indulge in a spot of late-night fridge foraging, just make sure to brush your teeth thoroughly afterward. Snacking after brushing will leave food particles and sugar in your mouth all night, providing a breeding ground for nasty bacteria.

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Sounds simple, right? Well, it is. You don't have to overcomplicate your oral hygiene routine or subject yourself to costly treatments to make way for a brighter, whiter smile as you get older. All you need is the right product, the correct technique, and a little bit of willpower to say no to that 3:00 a.m. bag of crisps.

This story originally appeared on Minor edits have been made by the editors.

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