It is that time of year when people around the world are resolving to make changes for the better. A common theme in many New Year’s resolutions is improved health. One of the great benefits of improving your health is that it usually involves improving your appearance, too! If you are exercising to enhance your health, you may also be losing weight or toning muscles. If you resolve to get more sleep, you will lose those dark circles under your eyes.
The same applies to taking care of your teeth. The steps you take to make your mouth healthier will make your smile prettier. Here are a few ways you can improve the health and appearance of your smile.
Brush Up on Your Oral Hygiene Regimen
Keeping your teeth free from plaque reduces your risk of unsightly cavities and gum disease. Here is the most effective way to keep your pearly whites pearly and white.
Brush twice a day, preferably after breakfast and before bed. Make sure you are using a soft-bristled toothbrush at a 45-degree angle to the edge of the gums. Make sure you touch every surface of every tooth. This should include the cheek side, tongue side, and biting surface. The most commonly missed area is the inside (tongue side) of the lower teeth. Do not go to bed without brushing!
Floss nightly! Brushing alone is not enough to ensure proper plaque removal. The toothbrush bristles cannot reach in between the teeth; therefore, they leave harmful plaque, bacteria, and food debris on the teeth. Flossing is absolutely mandatory to keep your teeth and gums healthy and beautiful.
Use a mouthwash. Swishing mouthwash is a great way to flush out unhealthy bacteria from the various nooks and crannies of the oral cavity. If you are cavity prone, use a mouthwash containing fluoride to strengthen your enamel and fight cavities. If you have a dry mouth, stay away from mouthrinses containing alcohol. For someone with red, swollen gums, a whitening mouthwash containing hydrogen peroxide is a great tool for reducing gum inflammation.
Treat Yourself to Teeth Whitening
There are many ways to improving your smile. Whitening your teeth is one of the quickest ways to give your smile a boost. At Signature Dental, we are proud to offer different types of professional teeth whitening. With both in-office and at-home whitening products, we can help you find the type of whitening that most easily and quickly meets your needs.
Another way you can achieve a brighter smile is by using an electric toothbrush and whitening toothpaste. This works to polish off surface stains accumulated by years of drinking coffee or tea and using tobacco products. Ask our dental hygienists about the other benefits of an electric toothbrush. Most patients find that once they begin using an electric toothbrush, they cannot return to a manual toothbrush. Electric toothbrushes truly give a cleaner, smoother, shinier appearance to the teeth.
Straight Teeth are Healthy Teeth
Many people consider crooked teeth to be a cosmetic issue. In addition to an improved appearance, straightening your teeth actually creates a healthier oral environment. A research experiment was conducted in which plaque was collected from both patients with straight teeth and those with crowded teeth. This study concluded that not only do crooked and crowded teeth harbor a greater quantity of plaque; they actually harbor more dangerous bacteria than straight teeth.
Closing gaps between the teeth helps prevent food impaction, which leads to cavities and periodontal disease. Aligning crooked teeth makes brushing flossing easier to accomplish. Ask us how Invisalign® can make your mouth healthier!
Full Smile Makeover
Perhaps you have always wanted a full smile makeover, and 2019 is your year. Missing teeth can be replaced with dental implants. Broken teeth can be restored crowns. Cavities can be repaired with cosmetic tooth-colored fillings.
You can even get a beautiful, straight, white smile with veneers. A veneer is a covering of at least one full surface of the tooth. Veneers are made from porcelain or composite (an in-office dental restoration). They can be contact lens thin for minor corrections and refinements. Or they can be several millimeters thick to correct misalignments and dark discolorations.
The possibilities are almost endless! To get started on your full smile makeover, schedule a consultation with Dr. McConnell and Dr. Nguyen. They will evaluate your current situation and discuss the treatment options available to meet your cosmetic goals.
Happy New Year!
Whether 2019 is the year for minor improvements or major life changes for you, there are two things that will always be a great idea: 1) Make healthy choices. 2) Smile!
If you’d like help improving that smile, we are here for you. Call 405-943-0123 today to schedule a visit with Dr. McConnell, Dr. Nguyen or one of our wonderful dental hygienists.