A Healthy Smile

Your smile is the first thing people see, so why not take care of it? Your teeth are just as important to care for as your face, hair, and body. Many people don't realize that by having a simple and consistent routine they can achieve a great looking healthy smile.

The first thing you need to do to achieve a healthy smile is to commit to an everyday routine. This doesn't involve your traditional 40 second routine of brushing your teeth. Dedicating time to your teeth every morning and night and sometimes throughout the day will help you to achieve those pearly whites in just months.

Brush your teeth twice a day. It is regularly suggested you brush after each meal to help prevent the buildup of plaque. If you cannot brush your teeth after eating, rinse your mouth with water. Brush your teeth, including your gums, in a circular motion for at least two minutes. Brushing your gums helps stimulate them so it keeps gums healthy and helps prevent gum disease. Most toothpaste contains the ingredient fluoride, the most common active ingredient, which helps to prevent tooth decay. Make sure you are using toothpaste that is approved by the ADA. Use a mouthwash and floss every night before going to bed. And replace your toothbrush every two to three months. Brushing your tongue also helps get rid of bacteria and bad breath. Your mouth is most vulnerable to bacteria at night when you mouth is inactive.

If you have teeth that are sensitive to cold, heat, or pressure you should try toothpaste that is specifically made for sensitive teeth.

To help improve the appearance of your teeth avoid smoking and minimize your intake of caffeine, red wine, tea, and dark sodas. Try using a straw to help prevent and reduce the risk of stains on your teeth.

If you are thinking about trying a whitener, use a brand that uses pure hydrogen peroxide or carbamide peroxide. These two ingredients are used as a bleach to whiten your teeth. There are several approaches you can take to whiten your smile such as in-office bleaching, at-home bleaching, or whitening toothpastes. Your teeth may become sensitive during the period when you are using a bleaching solution. Oftentimes this issue is temporary and lessons when the treatment is finished. There are many types of products for easy use at home and available over the counter. If you are always on the go try the Touch Ups by GoSMILE. Chewing sugarless gum after a meal also helps keep your teeth clean throughout the day.

Finally, remember to see a dentist at least every six months to prevent tooth decay and ensure good oral health. To find a dentist, visit the American Dental Association to find an approved dentist within you area or to locate a dentist you may have been already been familiar with. The best way to locate a great dentist is by getting recommendations from people you trust, such as friends, family, neighbors or co-workers. Dental problems are a serious issue and will not get better or heal themselves without treatment. If you have a problem make sure you get it fixed as quickly as possible.

Committing to an everyday routine will first improve your oral health than it will begin to peak through to your physical appearance. Your smile is the most noticeable feature on your face. It reflects your confidence and leaves a lasting impression. Creative Commons License
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Article Written - June 23, 2008.