Your smile is one of your best assets. After all, it is one of the first things that people notice about you upon meeting you. In fact, it can have a very significant impact on the first impressions that you make. Fortunately, there are a number of things that you can do to keep your teeth looking bright white and appealing.

Every person should have a diligent brushing and flossing routine. These things, however, are not enough on their own for eliminating plaque. They can also tear down the enamel on your teeth if you are not doing things properly so take care to choose the right implements and to use the proper techniques. For instance, always use a soft-bristled brush. This will go easy on your enamel and it will also prove comfortable enough to use in soft, slow, circular motion for approximately two minutes. This is about how long it will take to clear away all trapped food and debris.

Another thing to be cognizant of is the fact that your toothpaste could be too abrasive. If your gums feel tight and dry after brushing, consider switching to a formula that does not have whitening ingredients like peroxide and that's free of any fluoride. If you want to whiten your teeth, consider having this profession done by a dentist.

Next, start experiencing the benefits of regular oil pulling. This is done by swishing sesame or coconut oil around your mouth for about 20 minutes. When you're done, spit the oil out rather than swallowing it and thoroughly rinse your mouth with salt water. These efforts will break down plaque and stains that flossing can not reach. They will also kill harmful odor and decay causing bacteria in your mouth.

Add xylitol to your diet. In fact, you may want to try rinsing your mouth with it as well. This special sugar is derived from hardwood trees. It stops cause-causing bacteria in its tracks and regular use can even help you start rebuilding your tooth enamel. Even just a small amount can do wonders, particularly if you use or consume it on a daily basis.

Finally, always be sure to get regular dental care at least twice each year. If you are diligent in cleaning your gums and teeth, these visits should be quick, easy and problem free. They will also give providers a chance to catch any minor aesthetic or structural issues before these things have the opportunity to wreak havoc on your smile.