Maintaining Your Beautiful Smile

There is nothing more pleasing than a beautiful smile, one in which white, healthy teeth appear. Taking good care of your teeth and gums is essential, not only for appearance sake, but also for your overall general health and well-being. To maintain good dental health you will need to do the following:

  • Brush your teeth twice a day
  • Use a toothpaste that contains fluoride
  • Floss at least once a day
  • Visit your dentist on a regular basis
  • Eat a balanced diet
  • Do not smoke

To avoid plaque build-up, which is caused by bacteria in the mouth which is fed by the food that you eat, you will need to learn to brush and floss your teeth the correct way. Always take your time when brushing your teeth and remember to use small, circular strokes along with back and forth strokes. It is best to use a soft-bristle toothbrush as hard-bristle brushes may cause damage to the gums and to tooth enamel and remember to use toothpaste that contains fluoride. You should also brush your tongue as doing so will help to eliminate some of the bad bacteria that can harm your teeth and gums. If you have any false teeth, such as crowns or partial dentures, you will need to take extra care in keeping them clean as food that lodges in dentures or crowns can cause gum irritation leading to periodontal disease and can also cause bad breath.

Another important consideration to maintaining a beautiful smile is limiting starchy or sugary foods along with limiting snacks between meals. Eating between meals will feed the bacteria that cause dental plaque build-up which can contribute not only to tooth decay, but also to gum disease. Eating healthy non-sugary, starchy or sticky foods will not only help to maintain healthy teeth and gums but will also affect your overall good health and well-being.

Visiting a dentist on a regular basis is very important to maintaining healthy teeth and gums. Usually when visiting your dentist for a regular check-up, you will first see a dental hygienist who will remove the plaque that has built up on your teeth and below your gum line. After cleaning your teeth the hygienist will take x-rays to be sure that the roots of your teeth are healthy. Finally, the dentist will check your teeth and gums to be sure that you do not have any cavities or gum inflammation.

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