Spread the joy you feel with your smile. A good smile doesn’t only increase your confidence; but also looks attractive and pleasing to others.
Factors contributing to a good smile are the health of the teeth, position and of the teeth in the mouth and the teeth flashed during smiling makes it pleasing.
In this post I will be talking about the maintenance of the smile that you have. Smile modification will be discussed in future posts.
Your teeth are the most important component of your smile. Maintaining healthy teeth plays a pivotal role for a beautiful smile. A few simple steps to help you achieve it.
9 Tricks for a great smile!
1. Consume sodas and acidic drinks using a straw:
Sodas and juices of fruits like oranges, sweet lime or lemon are very acidic. Although good for immunity and the gums, they can be very damaging to the teeth. The outer surface of teeth tends to dissolve while consuming highly acidic drinks. This results in the inner layers of teeth showing which are yellowish in color, making the smile not so attractive. Using a straw to consume these drinks limits the exposure of teeth to them; helps protect them from their damaging effects.
2. Drink plenty of water:
Water is the perfect drink to maintain your smile and your body. It helps clean the teeth and discourages tooth decay. Swishing water in your mouth after eating and drinking can also help protect your teeth. It causes lowering the amount of acid in your mouth that causes the wearing off of teeth.
3. Limit consuming foods that cause staining:
Drinks like coffee, tea, and red wine and berries like blueberry, blackberry and pomegranate are known for staining teeth. These can build up superficial stains, which can be difficult to remove by brushing. But they can also cause internal staining of your tooth enamel.
4. Give up smoking:
Smoking causes staining of the teeth. The stain from smoke could be superficial and can be cleaned by a dentist, but it can also get deep into the tooth. Smoking also damages gums, causing them to recede away from teeth developing large pockets. This makes teeth appear longer and creates black spaces between them. This makes the smile very unattractive Smoking also makes it very difficult to treat gum disease.
5. Brush twice a day:
Many people still need to be reminded to brush their teeth twice a day. Not brushing adequately can cause plaque to harden into tartar. Brushing helps teeth to stay healthier and sparkling.
6. Floss daily:
Flossing removes plaque between teeth and under the gums, where a toothbrush doesn’t reach. Daily flossing helps prevent cavity and gum diseases. If not flossed plaque and tartar builds up under the surface of the gums. This causes the gums to recede away from teeth developing large. This makes teeth appear longer and creates empty spaces between them making smile very unattractive. Gum disease also leads to bone destruction and tooth loss.
7. Use whitening products….. carefully:
Depending on your requirement, there are a variety of whitening products available: rinses, toothpastes, over-the-counter trays and laser whitening. Each type has specific benefits for your target problem areas. Whitening toothpastes might be helpful for coffee and tea drinkers. Custom trays and laser whitening offer the most dramatic results.
8. Improve your general health:
Conditions such as high blood pressure, diabetes, obesity and teeth grinding can all affect the general health and also the appearance of your smile. Eating right and enough exercise can dramatically improve the appearance of your body, teeth, and gums.
9. Get dental treatment for your tooth problems:
Tooth decay never corrects itself. Tooth decay if left untreated, can easily progress from a small cavity into a large tooth abscess. Where a small filling may have been all that was needed, may now require a root canal and a crown. Treating tooth cavities on time means smaller and less invasive dental treatment. This helps maintain the natural tooth.
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It can take some time before you notice changes of improved oral hygiene. These changes don’t come overnight, but they are certainly worth the time and effort. Both for the sake of your smile and your overall health.