Your most beautiful accessory is your smile, so make sure you keep it bright and in good condition. The consequences of bad habits are most often obvious from the condition of your teeth; bad hygiene, smoking, bad diets, and even drinking leave their effects on your tooth enamel, and leave your smile a little less bright. To maintain your beautiful smile, you need to adopt these habits to keep your teeth healthy.
It goes without saying, but regular brushing and cleaning between teeth is the best way to maintain oral hygiene. There is some debate as to whether or not flossing is necessary, but the truth is you need a way to clean between your teeth, and flossing is one of the few things that can get in between the smallest gaps. Mouthwash is also a great way of keeping plaque and bacteria at bay. Always remember to change your toothbrush every three months, regardless of whether or not the bristles look worn out.
You can do more for your teeth by eating food that can improve your oral health. Cheese, yogurt, and dairy are high in calcium, which, of course, is good for your teeth. Spinach, almonds, and kale are also high in calcium. Eating crunchy fruits and vegetables such as apples and carrots increases saliva production in your mouth, which can reduce your risk of cavities. These calcium-rich foods will also improve your bone strength.
Having perfectly straight teeth is more than just a vanity issue; if you don’t address them properly, orthodontic problems can have a negative impact on your oral health. People find they need braces when their teeth are overcrowded. It’s mostly common in children who have their adult teeth coming in, but it’s not uncommon for adults to have problems with overcrowding once their wisdom teeth start to come through. Not only does it make your front teeth crooked, but severe crowding can result in areas that are virtually impossible to clean. This can lead to tooth decay, bad odor, gum disease, and bone loss around teeth.
Know the signs
Knowing the signs of gum disease is important. If you’ve noticed you’ve had persistent bad breath, bleeding or tender gums, or receding gums, these are all signs of a serious problem that needs to be seen by a dentist. You can avoid it by practising good oral hygiene, and avoiding smoking, but sometimes gum disease can be a symptom of hormonal changes, or cancer. Either way, if you see any symptoms you need to make a dentist appointment.
Look into a dental crown or bridges if you have issues with gaps or teeth that require a crown.
A smile is already a powerful accessory for boosting your mood, lowering stress, and making you feel more attractive. But it will be even more effective when your teeth are sparkling white. Despite your best efforts, sometimes brushing alone isn’t enough to get your teeth pearly white, so it’s good to make occasional appointments at a cosmetic dentistry. Alternatively, you could buy some whitening toothpaste and see results in a few weeks.