What is the first thing that you notice when you meet someone for the first time? Close to 50% of people say that the first thing that they notice when they first meet someone is their smile (eyes came in second). Your smile is worth more than a thousand words. It is your smile that not only makes your more attractive, but more approachable, more inviting, and more confident. When we feel good about our smile, we are more likely to smile; and they say that smiles are contagious. So, how can you ensure that your smile is always sparkling?
- Proper daily oral hygiene practices are key to maintaining a healthy mouth and sparkling smile. You should brush and floss your teeth at least twice a day. Bacteria in your mouth thrives on food particles and residue left behind from what you eat and drink throughout the day. When you fail to remove what’s left behind from your meals, you are putting your gums and teeth at great risk. The simple practice of brushing and flossing will help you to maintain healthier gums, whiter and stronger teeth, and better breath. Scraping your tongue and using mouthwash are also two great additions to your daily oral hygiene practices.
- Don’t skip out on your biannual cleanings. You should have your teeth professionally cleaned and assessed at least twice a year. It is much easier to treat problems such as gum disease and cavities in the beginning stages. This is a big part of taking care of your smile. Plus there is not better clean than a professional cleaning!
- Maintain a healthy diet. What you eat and drink plays a huge part in not only your oral health, but also your overall health. Calcium and vitamin C are especially good for your teeth and gums. Make sure that you eat plenty of dark greens like kale, spinach, and broccoli, and citrus to get sufficient calcium and vitamin C. It is also a very good idea to avoid overly sugary foods and drinks. There is nothing beneficial about soda!
- Treat yourself to some cosmetic dentistry. There are so many different whitening products on the market these days and at Parker Dentistry Facial Rejuvenation and Wellness, we carry only the best. Whitening your teeth, whether in-office or with a take-home method, will not only make your smile really sparkle, but will make you appear younger, more radiant, and more likely to flash those pearly whites for the world. We also do Invisalign, which is a simple and practically invisible method for straightening out your smile. We have the tools, resources, and expertise to help you make your smile the best it can possibly be!