Who doesn’t want a million dollar smile?!?! Get a smile that dazzles with healthy, pearly white teeth. Here are some dental tips to get you and your family started with the right dental care.
Dental care for all ages
As soon as we get our first tooth, we start learning all about maintaining dental health. When we keep our teeth clean by brushing and flossing, we protect ourselves from cavities and periodontosis, while preserving the tooth’s natural whiteness.
Dentists recommend brushing your teeth in the morning and evening with a fluoride toothpaste. The fluoride should harden the enamel, preventing bacteria growth. Babies and toddlers are given fluoride-containing tablets for stronger baby teeth. Brush your teeth within a half an hour before or after the meal to keep your enamel strong.
Brushing your teeth is great, but your toothbrush might not be able to reach all the nooks and crannies in your mouth. In addition to brushing, dentists recommend flossing with dental floss or interdental brushes (like a Proxabrush) to clean between the gaps. Some like a Waterpik to blast out extra plaque.
You should also take out a professional dental cleaning twice a year. If your mouth is especially cavity-prone, you could even go up to four times a year.
Gum disease and cavities despite dental care
Not everyone has regular oral hygiene habits, which can be a costly mistake. If you often neglect it, sooner or later you might be sitting at the dentist with a hole in your tooth- or something worse like periodontitis (gum disease). Not to mention halitosis!
Some people are blessed with such good dental health that they have no problems despite a lack of dental care. Others seem unable to avoid cavities- even with good dental care.
Sometimes our gums become inflamed, even with diligent care. Toothpaste and mouthwash cannot eliminate all bacteria. Some people are simply particularly susceptible to dental diseases.
Periodontitis, in particular, can be dangerous, since it can lead to tooth loss and can even trigger heart disease. So don’t neglect regular dental check-ups and timely visits to the dentist!
Dentists focus on the health and longevity of teeth. But what happens when the patient wants a perfect Hollywood smile? Enter cosmetic dentistry. Cosmetic dentists perform treatments on the teeth that are not medically necessary but help us look better and might boost our confidence.
Cosmetic dentistry includes bleaching, veneers, changes to the tooth shape, and closing gaps.
Natural teeth whitening
As we get older, our teeth can pay the price. Unhealthy lifestyle choices might catch up with us. Things like coffee, tea, red wine, and tobacco can stain the teeth over the years. Nobody wants to show off a smile with dark deposits in the gaps and yellow teeth. And most people don’t want to give up these small luxuries.
Regular professional tooth cleaning alone can remove a large part of the discoloration. However, this is no longer enough for many patients. The natural tooth white is not pure white, and the shades can vary. To boost your smile wattage many opt for tooth whitening.
Since tooth whitening has become a real trend, there are numerous kits for whitening teeth at home. You can go to the dentist for tooth bleaching, or get a kit for home. Ask your dentist for advice.
When used correctly, tooth whitening does not damage the tooth. Initially, it might just make them a little bit more sensitive.
There are also some home remedies to whiten teeth or make them appear whiter. Some swear by strawberries to make plaque on their teeth disappear. Others are satisfied with whitening toothpastes. Many more natural health adherents swear by oil-pulling with coconut oil.
Dentures vs. dental implants
As we get older, it can be more and more difficult to maintain dental health. Sometimes our teeth could get sick and eventually fall out, resulting in wearing dentures. Dentures don’t always look the most natural, and it can be a little jarring to see your mouth full of teeth in a jar on your nightstand after you take them out!
With today’s knowledge of dentistry, many are instead opting for dental implants. These provide a natural appearance and give the denture optimum support, as they are permanently affixed to your mouth. They might be more expensive, but could be well worth the investment!
Invisible orthodontic treatments
Cosmetic dentist and orthodontia can also those with crooked, twisted teeth. Crooked teeth don’t only look a little funny, they might also promote cavities since it’s impossible to clean the spaces between them. So correcting this issue isn’t just for cosmetic reasons, it’s also for your oral health.
An orthodontist or cosmetic dentist can help straighten your teeth. You’re probably thinking about the metal braces- which isn’t ideal for many adults. But now there are lots of clear braces like Invisalign, that straighten your teeth without people noticing. Transparent splints and brackets attached from the inside, so it’s a great option for many.
These days, dentists and orthodontists can do amazing things with your teeth! Without these industries, I would have an overbite and a mouth full of crooked peg teeth. Today, my natural-looking veneers are 20 years old, and still going strong.
Dentists can restore a tooth destroyed by an accident, close up your gaps, and use bonding agents to fill in chipped teeth.
There’s a long list of possibilities in the field of cosmetic dentistry, and I’m a believer in the process. Talk to your dentist about your goals, and they can hopefully work something out that’s within your budget.
But even if cosmetic dentistry isn’t in the cards right now, keep up your oral hygiene habits, and keep on smiling! A happy expression, even one full of imperfections can light up a room and brighten someone’s day.
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