Sunday, June 18, 2017

How to Get a Winning Smile

Your teeth are more important, not just because they help you to eat, but also because good teeth can improve your appearance, boost your beauty and make people think that you’re more smart and trustworthy than average. So, it really is quite important that you take the best care of your teeth possible.

Here are some simple things you can do to look after your teeth and maintain a winning smile:

Visit the Dentist Regularly
So many people put off visits to the dentist, which is understandable because a lot of us have a rather irrational fear of dentists, but if you want to get a winning smile, you really do need to schedule regular appointments, at least once a year, but every six months is better. Having your teeth professionally checked over and cleaned by dental professionals is the number one way of perfecting your smile.

Brush and Floss
I’m sure you already know this, but brushing for at least 2 minutes twice a day, followed up by thorough flossing is absolutely vital to maintaining a mouth full of strong, healthy white teeth.

Invest in an Ultrasonic Toothbrush
Ultrasonic toothbrushes are really good at dislodging plaque from the gum line, and because it takes fewer strokes to achieve this, you don’t do quite so much damage to your gums. When your gums are treated harshly, they can start to recede, leaving you looking ‘long in the tooth’ and potentially increasing your risk of tooth loss.

Chew Sugar-Free Gum
You might have been scolded for chewing gum as a child, but providing you were chewing sugar-free gum, those adults who told you to stop were wrong. You see, chewing sugar-free gum causes you to produce more saliva, which then gets massaged into the gums. This helps to neutralize acids in the mouth, leaving you with a cleaner, fresher and brighter smile.

Avoid Staining Substances
If you want your smile to win people over, then you will want your teeth to be as white and bright as possible. This is something you’ll find extremely difficult to achieve if you allow staining substances into your mouth.

Staining substances include tobacco, red wine, fizzy drinks, and coffee, but there are many more, so always be on the lookout for potential teeth-ruining foods and drinks. If you must have them, be sure to clean your teeth thoroughly afterwards, and perhaps consider using a baking soda toothpaste for an extra whitening boost.

Avoid Extremes in Temperature
When you drink something that is really hot or really cold, it changes the temperature of your teeth and subjects them to something known as ‘thermal stress.' When this happens, the teeth contract or expand, which can cause cracks in the teeth. So, if you’re drinking a hot or cold beverage, try to make sure that it isn’t too extreme in either direction.

Look After Your Lips
Of course, having a winning smile isn’t just about your teeth, it’s a little about your lips too. So, make sure you moisturize your lips daily, scrub them regularly and wear a lipstick or gloss that enhances your look.