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January 15, 2015

Tips for a More Appealing Smile

An attractive smile not only boosts your self-confidence but can also make you more appealing to others. In fact, in a recent survey conducted by the American Academy of Cosmetic Dentistry, 96 percent of those who responded felt that an attractive smile made the person more appealing.

Of course, your dentist explains that good oral health goes beyond your smile. Your mouth is literally the gateway to your entire body meaning that the condition of your teeth and gums will affect your overall health.

Brushing regularly is the first step when it comes to good oral health as it helps remove the bacteria loving food particles, freshens breath, and cleans your teeth. Use a fluoride toothpaste recommended by the American Dental Association and be sure to brush at least two minutes twice each day. If you have a tough time, consider purchasing an electric toothbrush with a built in timer.

Flossing once a day helps to remove the bacteria that your toothbrush can’t get to. Flossing helps prevent gum disease and when you floss before bedtime, you are helping your mouth become less vulnerable to bacteria. When you sleep, your mouth produces less saliva making you more susceptible to tooth decay and gum disease.

Only your dentist can spot gum disease in its earliest stages. Schedule twice-yearly cleanings and checkups with your dentist. If you are more prone to cavities and gingivitis or periodontal disease, consider seeing your dentist quarterly. In addition, if you have diabetes, cancer or other immune disorders, ask your dentist how often you should schedule appointments.

Examine your mouth regularly checking for any irregularities. If you have a sore that just won’t heal, bleeding or sensitive gums schedule an appointment with your dentist as quickly as possible.

Eating a diet rich in calcium and vitamin C can help boost your immune system. Because your teeth are mostly made up of calcium, dairy foods and other calcium rich foods such as kale and sardines can keep your tooth enamel strong. In addition, vitamin C can help prevent gingivitis as it helps keep your gums healthy.

Avoid sticky and sugary foods and keep starchy foods to a minimum as they can stick to the crevices in your teeth. Bacteria will feed off the sugars while releasing cavity-causing acids. If you must indulge, rinse or brush as soon as you can.

Kick the habit and you are less likely to be diagnosed with gum disease. Your teeth will be noticeable whiter and your breath won’t scare others away if you give up tobacco products.

Your dentist also recommends tooth whitening, dental veneers, and other cosmetic restoration procedures for a healthier and more attractive smile.

For more information regarding cosmetic dental restorations or a total mouth makeover, schedule an appointment with your dentist today.

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