Tips for a Beautiful Smile
Brush After Meals – Few of us do this, but if you want to take the best care of your teeth, you might want to let this become a habit. Brushing removes food debris and dental plaque that can cause cavities and gum disease. It also helps remove food that stains your teeth. Use a soft bristle toothbrush and don’t brush roughly. Take at least two minutes to thoroughly brush each tooth, front, back, and top. Rinse thoroughly after brushing.
Avoid Foods That Stain – No one’s going to give up their coffee, soft drinks, or pizza completely if those are an important part of their day, but you can reduce the staining effect by brushing and rinsing teeth after eating.
Use a Straw – After whitening treatments, many dentists will recommend using a straw with beverages that stain teeth like coffee or wine, and beverages that contain acid or high sugar like juices. Once you have whitened your teeth, you definitely want to keep them white, so using a straw will help keep staining drinks from coming into direct contact with the enamel.
Floss Daily – Flossing removes sticky bacteria and plaque between your teeth. Plaque generates acid, which can cause cavities, irritate the gums, and lead to gum disease if left between teeth. If you find flossing with string too difficult, you can buy floss holders that make this process much easier.
Whiten Stained Teeth – Having stained teeth makes you reluctant to smile and you miss out on the joy of laughter. Stains also erode the enamel. Some home whitening products are available but the quickest and best whitening will be done by your dentist.
See Your Dentist for Orthodontics – If you have missing teeth, wide spaces between teeth, crooked teeth, or if you are reluctant to smile for whatever reason, see your dentist right away. Teeth can be replaced, spaces tightened up, crooked teeth straightened, and Lumineers can be applied for misaligned or broken teeth and other problems.