The Secret to a Healthier Smile
Everyone would love to have a great smile. When you meet someone new in your day to day life, their smile is often one of the first things you notice about them. Whether you are thinking about it or not, their smile will likely impact what kind of first impression they make on you. That, of course, works in reverse as well. When others meet you for the first time, they are noticing your smile – for better or worse. Make it a great first impression!
Fortunately, there are steps you can take to give yourself a great chance at a healthy smile for years to come. In this post, we are going to highlight some of the best options for maintaining a beautiful smile well into the future. Let’s get started!
Brush Your Teeth!
What, you thought we were going to start somewhere else? Of course not! This is the only place to start when having this discussion. There are plenty of other things you can do to care for your smile – and we will get to some of those in a moment – but on a day-to-day basis, consistently brushing your teeth is number one.
And, of course, we don’t just mean running your toothbrush back and forth a couple times and calling it a day. You should be brushing with proper technique for two minutes before rinsing. If you brush twice per day, that means a total of four minutes of brushing time. We think that is a very reasonable sacrifice to make in exchange for a great smile.
To make sure you get the best possible results from this habit, replace your toothbrush when the bristles start to fail, and always use a quality toothpaste. We know that life gets busy and you are often in a rush to get things done, but brushing your teeth regularly is one of those chores that just should not be skipped.
See Your Dentist
In addition to brushing your teeth regularly, coming in to see your dentist for scheduled preventative dental check-ups is a great way to maintain that impressive smile. Dental visits tend to be one of those things that people put off for a long period of time – until they are in pain and major work needs to be done. Don’t put yourself in that category. Stick to a consistent dental visit schedule to have your oral health monitored and maintained. Brushing is great, but it doesn’t take care of everything. When you bring together daily brushing with the care of a professional, you will have a recipe for success.
Embrace the Floss
Okay – we know this one is tough for some people. Some people just don’t like do floss, but it really can to great things for your teeth. Not only will it help your whole mouth look better, but it will remove plaque from between your teeth in a way that brushing simply can’t accomplish. Flossing each day will go a long way toward keeping your teeth in tip-top shape over the long run. If you aren’t sure exactly how to floss properly, ask your dentist or dental hygienist for assistance.
Put Down the Smokes
If you are a smoker, you should already know what this habit does to your teeth. However, it is always worth a reminder, in the hopes that you will be able to kick this destructive habit sooner rather than later. With regard to your teeth, cigarettes often cause stains that take much of the luster out of your smile. There can also be gum damage associated with smoking, and dark spaces may begin to appear between your teeth as well. Of course, none of this mentions the other serious health issues which can be caused by smoking, such as lung cancer. The bottom line is simple – smoking is bad, and you would be wise to quit as soon as possible.
Thinking of Whitening? Trust a Pro
It is true that teeth whitening can be a viable option for those who would like to restore some lost shine to their teeth. However, there are a number of products on the market today which do a less-than-outstanding job of whitening your teeth properly. To get the best possible results, and to make sure your teeth are cared for along the way, trust the work to a professional. Ask your dentist about teeth whitening options to make sure you are in good hands from start to finish.
Choose Your Drinks Carefully
Believe it or not, what you drink on a regular basis will have a profound impact on the health of your smile. The best drink for your teeth? Water, of course. Drinking water is not only healthy for the rest of your body, but it is good for your teeth, as well. If you drink tap water, you may get a needed dose of fluoride as well – depending on the water source where you live. Fluoride is helpful when it comes to maintaining tooth health and warding off decay and gum disease.
Implant & Periodontic Specialists states that, "Gum disease is often a silent disease meaning symptoms may not appear until advanced stages of the disease." Being proactive in your prevention such as drinking water can dramatically reduce you chances of having periodontal issues.
Not only is water good for your teeth, but it will also prevent you from consuming the kinds of sugary drinks which are bad for your oral health. Things like soft drinks and sports drinks contain high levels of sugar, and that sugar can quickly lead to tooth decay in many cases. If you are someone who currently consumes many sugary drinks each day, consider changing that habit for the good of your teeth.
Our office would love to help you create and maintain a healthy, beautiful smile for the long run. If you would like more information on what you can do to keep your smile looking great, or if you would like to schedule a visit, please contact us right away. Thank you for taking the time to visit, and we look forward to seeing you soon!(509) 822-2575