Your healthy smile is one of the first things others notice about you. It makes you appear friendly, attractive, and confident. It also helps you in your personal and professional life.
At Dentistry on 7th, we create the best smiles in Hamilton because we know that smiles have many benefit for our clients. Studies show that people who smile more live longer, are happier, have healthier hearts, stronger immune systems, and are less stressed.
However, smiling goes hand in hand with confidence. If you’re not self-assured about your oral health, then you may hesitate to smile, and hence lose one of life’s most important tools. For example, people with yellowing teeth, plaque, tartar, receding gums, or bad breath are likely to feel more self-conscious about smiling. Likewise, those with misaligned teeth, an overbite or underbite may not smile as confidently as others.
In the holiday season, many of us consume extra food and drink to enjoy the festivities. However, many of these items, such as sugary foods and red wine can have an adverse effect on our smiles. Here are some tips to get your oral care back on track and smile more confidently.
#1 Brush Twice a Day
The simple act of brushing twice a day can improve your smile. Use a soft-bristled toothbrush to brush your teeth regularly with fluoridated toothpaste. The food you consume can cause a thin yellow film of bacteria to form on your teeth, called plaque. This unsightly gunk must be cleaned every day before it hardens into tartar, which is more harmful and requires dental tools to remove.
Remember to apply the right pressure and clean your teeth at the correct angles. Too little pressure will be ineffective while too much pressure may damage your teeth and gums. Brushing at the wrong angle can cause gum recession, which is impossible to reverse. You can visit your friendly oral hygienist at Dentistry on 7th to learn more about how to brush your teeth.
For motivation, consider buying an electronic toothbrush. Not only are these devices more fun to use, but they are proven to clean teeth more thoroughly. You may also use a smart toothbrush that’s paired with an app and offers reminders, oral hygiene advice, and keeps track of your oral health.
#2 Floss Every Day
Flossing every day can also help you improve your smile. Brushing alone isn’t enough to get rid of food particles. Often, food is deposited in the gaps between your teeth after a meal. If left alone, it can turn into tartar, looking unsightly, and causing bone and gum disease.
Carefully slide the floss in the space between your teeth and gently clean the gumline. If you haven’t flossed in a while, then your gums may bleed when you floss. However, this should stop two weeks after you’ve started flossing. If it doesn’t, then visit Dentistry on 7th for a checkup.
#3 Visit Dentistry on 7th for Regular Checkups or Cosmetic Dentistry
Aside from oral care at home, it’s also important to visit your oral hygienist. We will check the state of your oral health and advise you on how to take better care of your teeth and gums. What’s more, we can clean plaque and tartar from less accessible areas of your mouth before they can damage the quality of your smile.
We also have other options to enhance your smile. At Dentistry on 7th, cosmetic dentistry can change your outlook through a variety of treatment plans that are highly effective. Simple options, such as teeth whitening can give you a brilliant smile quickly.
Our cosmetic dentists have an eye for great smiles. They can also enhance your smile using state-of-the-art technology to subtly modify the spacing, shade, height, or width of your teeth.
Many adults are also turning to orthodontic treatments to straighten their teeth and improve their smiles. As Hamilton’s most trusted orthodontics for clients of all ages, we offer clear aligners like Invisalign®, which look good, are comfortable to use, and can be taken off when eating food or brushing teeth.
Cosmetic dentistry has more than aesthetic benefits. Such treatment options can be quick, long-lasting, and improve your oral health. For example, it’s easier to chew food with straighter teeth. Likewise, crowns can make your teeth stronger.
#4 Avoid Things That Stain Your Teeth
Try to reduce the consumption of food such as red wine, coffee, tea, and pop. These drinks can stain your teeth and cause tooth decay. Some experts even say that consuming dark cola is like bathing your teeth in acid. If you consume cola, then don’t brush your teeth immediately, or you could do more damage by rubbing the acid further into the teeth. Instead, wait thirty minutes and gargle with water before using a toothbrush.
Likewise, smoking can also adversely affect your smile. Not only does this habit stain your teeth, but it causes gums to recede and leave dark and unsightly spaces. The chemicals in smoking also reduce saliva flow, making it easier for bacteria to stick to teeth and gums.
#5 Consume More Water
Consume more water to remineralize your teeth and make them stronger. Water also improves saliva production, which neutralizes harmful acids in the mouth and repairs the protective surface of the tooth. It also washes away food particles from the mouth. Also, when you consume water, you feel fuller and are less likely to consume junk food, which is harmful to your oral and overall health.
#6 Take Care of Your Health
Conditions such as bruxism, diabetes, obesity, and high blood pressure can all impact oral health. By eating healthier food and exercising regularly, you can enhance the quality of your smile.
#7 Avoid Certain Teeth Whitening Products
At your local drugstore, you’ll notice a variety of teeth whitening products available at affordable prices. Take the promises these products make with a grain of salt. While some products are effective, others can make your teeth appear more stained.
Alternatively, check out the teeth whitening options at Dentistry on 7th. Not only do we offer effective treatment, but our staff is friendly, professional, and qualified to improve your oral health.
With some changes, you can improve your oral hygiene and enhance your pearly whites. This can have a positive impact on your health and your lifestyle. For professional help, don’t hesitate to visit Dentistry on 7th for effective treatment options that can quickly transform your smile.