Say Cheese! How To Keep Your Smile Healthy

Keeping your smile healthy is essential. Not only does it mean that you will look good, but it also brings a host of health benefits too. 

In this post, we share some tips for beautiful, healthy teeth. Check them out below.

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Go For Checkups Twice A Year

Twice-yearly checkups are essential for keeping your teeth healthy. It’s something that the vast majority of cosmetic dentists recommend, even if you don’t have any active infections. 

Dentists have a range of advanced tools that they use to check the health of your teeth. Facilities include things like x-rays, oral cancer screenings and descaling. 

Wear A Mouthguard

If you know that you’re going to be doing something involving high impacts, like sports, then wearing a mouthguard is essential. Every year, millions of people lose teeth in preventable high-impact incidents which can cost thousands of dollars to correct. Much better to prevent tooth loss in the first place while slashing the risk of infection at the same time. 

Take Measures To Prevent Gum Recession

Gum recession is a condition that starts to affect people as they get older. Gums recede from their natural place and over time, make teeth appear longer. 

Preventing gum recession requires changing your lifestyle. If you currently smoke, stop. Smoke fumes actually damage the gumline and can cause premature recession over a short space of time. Smoking can also create dark patches between your teeth in places where your toothbrush can’t reach. So if you’re smoking, you’re making gum recession more likely 

Gum recession also occurs because of plaque buildup. If bacteria become established, it can damage the gum lining, causing it to retreat back, exposing more teeth. Go and see your hygienist twice per year to prevent this from occurring or experiencing more damage. 

Change Your Toothbrush

Not all toothbrushes are created equally. Research shows that electric toothbrushes are substantially more effective at removing plaque and helping to build healthier gums than regular manual toothbrushes. Unfortunately, they are more expensive, but the investment is usually worth it. You’re much better able to clean all the surfaces of your teeth with them. 

Eat Right And Improve Other Health Conditions

Healthy conditions elsewhere in the body can directly affect the health of your smile. Tooth decay and gum disease are both much more likely if you have diabetes. Bruxism and obesity can also cause oral health issues that affect you long-term.

Don’t try to cover up your symptoms. Instead, eat right, avoid anything processed, and improve your overall health naturally. You should find that your teeth follow suit and become healthier by themselves. 

Form Good Habits

If you know that your oral health habits aren’t the best, it’s never too late to change your ways. Try getting into a routine where you brush twice every day and floss regularly. The more you can commit to these activities, the healthier and happier your smile will become. Try to remove as much plaque as you can each time you brush and if you eat sugar, brush immediately afterwards to prevent decay. 

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