Your smile is with you every minute of the day and what makes you smile more often are things like happiness, perhaps a raise at your job, thinking about vacation, and getting ready for a photo.
What are some things that don’t make you smile your brightest? Problems with your oral health can cause your smile to fade, hide or even disappear completely. So, what are some things you can do to keep that grin on your face?
Keeping your teeth clean and bright makes you want to smile more often. When you lack the basic oral hygiene routine of brushing twice daily and flossing between your teeth, you don’t feel like showing off your mouth. A clean mouth helps keep bacteria from forming and limits the number of cavities. Remember to throw away your old toothbrush every few months and keep up with regular brushing.
To maintain oral health you need to visit your dentist about two times per year. Your dentist will identify issues such as decay, abscess teeth, periodontal disease, and can even find early signs of oral cancer. When your mouth is full of dental problems it can cause pain and stress. Problems associated with your teeth and gums will definitely put a frown on your face. With the help of your dentist and hygienist, your teeth and gums will remain healthy and if for any reason a problem arises, your dentist can fix it before it becomes a major health issue.
Part of your ability to smile is associated with the muscles in your face. If you are missing teeth or have recently had your teeth pulled due to severe rotting of the enamel, you need to do something about it. Your teeth and jaw bone form the physical structure of your face and when spaces are left vacant your face can begin to change shape. Getting advice from your dentist about replacement teeth such as dentures, bridges and implants can keep you smiling from ear to ear.
Dental implants are permanent titanium roots placed in your jawbone to support an artificial tooth. A bridge can also fill in the gap between your natural teeth and the empty spot where you once had all of them. If you are missing an entire arc of teeth, dentures may be a more affordable option to give you back the functionality of your mouth.
Do you want to keep your natural teeth looking and feeling their best? You should consider getting a professional cleaning and tooth whitening. Your dentist can get in the grooves between your teeth to remove any built-up plaque or tartar, and with a tooth whitening process that only takes about 1 hour, you’ll be Instagram ready when you leave the office.