A Happy Smile Makes A Day!
7 tips to take the best care of your teeth
Flashing a beautiful smile can improve your life in many ways – you’ll appear friendly, attract new people, and release endorphins which make you feel happier. Win-win! Making sure your smile looks the best it can is a sure-fire way to make you feel good about your appearance and gain confidence. Here are some easy ways you can take care of your pearly whites and look good doing it.
1. Whiten Your Teeth
You can do this at home with a variety of products, or get it done professionally. There are plenty of inexpensive at-home teeth whitening treatments, like simply using a whitening toothpaste or whitening strips. Natural methods like charcoal, apple cider vinegar or baking soda are often used with great results.
For a quick fix with immediate results, cosmetic whitening can be more expensive but will last longer and look amazing. Laser treatments and bleaching are standard procedures that you can find at most cosmetic dental spas.
2. Get a Brace
If your teeth are out of line, consider getting a brace. These can be fitted by an orthodontist – just have a look around or do an internet search to find your nearest practice, like orthodontics in Richmond, for example. How long you will need to wear the brace will depend on how out of line your teeth are, but generally, this will be between one and two years.
If you don’t like the thought of the ‘train track’ option, you can get white ceramic braces or an Invisalign brace. Invisalign acts like a clear retainer, and nobody will even notice that you’re wearing one. Braces are a great option for achieving the perfect smile you’ve always wanted!
3. Have a Professional Clean
Book in with the dental hygienist at your usual dentist for a professional clean, and you’ll smile bright with sparkling white teeth in no time. This will remove all the plaque and tartar that you can’t normally reach, and you will see and feel the difference. While scale and polish treatments are great for making your teeth whiter, they also help to protect against the onset of gum disease and tooth decay. It is recommended that you get a professional clean once every six months – along with your normal dentist visit.
4. Get an Electric Toothbrush
Electric toothbrushes help you sweep away more plaque, and faster than you could with a normal manual toothbrush. The small rounded heads on these brushes get into hard-to-reach areas in the mouth more easily.
The latest electric toothbrushes can even connect to your smartphone via Bluetooth to record your brushing data and act as a personal brushing assistant, letting you know how you could improve! Better brushing equals whiter teeth and a fabulous smile.
Flossing, or ‘interdental cleaning’, provides a deeper clean than regular brushing, as it helps dislodge deep-set plaque that can make your teeth go yellow. It also helps to prevent gum disease, which can eventually lead to loss of teeth – not a good look. Keep your oral health in the best condition it can be and ensure you have a beautiful smile for life.
6. Quit Smoking
Smoking is the worst thing you can do for your teeth, besides not brushing! Among all the other health problems it causes, the nicotine makes your teeth go yellow and can eventually lead to gum disease and tooth loss. If you’re not ready to quit yet, there are heavy duty toothpastes and mouthwashes on the market especially for smokers, to help you keep your smile white and clean.
7. Eat a Healthy Balanced Diet
A healthy balanced diet is the top tip for overall health, not just for your teeth! Cutting down on sugar in your diet will mean you are less sluggish, improve your skin, and reduce your risk of developing cavities in your teeth. Sugar erodes tooth enamel, so make sure you brush after eating sweet treats and drink plenty of water. Soda, candy and too much fruit are all bad for your teeth. Watch what you drink and eat and you’ll have plenty of reasons to smile bright.
Your smile is your logo!
..so far, Klaudia