Every year, we resolve to make positive changes in our lives, be it with exercise and clean eating, quitting smoking or another bad habit, or simply committing to live a more healthy life in general. However, we frequently overlook one very important part of our overall well-being: our dental health. This year, commit to improve your smile by following these five simple steps.
How to Improve Your Smile in 5 Steps
Improving your smile and your overall dental health isn’t complicated or time consuming. Just by following these easy steps, you’ll see benefits in no time.
Step 1: Improve your Dental Care Techniques
Your best weapon in your quest for a healthy smile is proper daily brushing and flossing. Perfect your daily routine by brushing twice a day with a soft-bristle manual or electric toothbrush and fluoride toothpaste. Gently brush your teeth with the brush at a 45-degree angle toward the gumline, moving the toothbrush across the teeth. Add flossing at least once per day to remove bacterial plaque and food buildup between teeth, and you’ll be well on your way to a gorgeous new smile.
Step 2: Make and Keep Regular Dental Appointments
The second most important thing you can do for your oral health is to make and keep regular dental appointments. Seeing your dentist every six months for a professional cleaning gives him or her an opportunity to examine your teeth, assess the health of your gums, perform a head and neck exam, and check your mouth for any signs of tooth decay, oral cancer, diabetes, or vitamin deficiencies.
Step 3: Avoid Sugar
Most of us enjoy a good sugary treat now and again, but for the sake of your oral health, it’s best to keep them at a minimum. Sugary snacks and drinks, be it candy or cookies or sodas or even sugars derived from fruits or carbs all contribute to the formation of bacterial plaque, which leads to tooth decay. An occasional indulgence in a sweet treat is not harmful, especially if you rinse, brush, and floss regularly, but habitual sugar consumption doesn’t give your saliva time to naturally neutralize the acidic byproduct of sugar. The general rule to follow is: don’t make it a habit.
Step 4: Drink Lots of Water
You may very well already be drinking more water for your overall health, but this one also goes a long way to keeping your mouth in shape. Water helps wash out food particles, fight plaque, and is a convenient way to clean teeth after meals when you can’t brush. Swap out all sugary fruit juices, sodas, and sports drinks with water and aim to drink at least 64 ounces per day.
Step 5: Consider Orthodontics
While orthodontics used to be a time consuming and uncomfortable treatment option, today it’s simple, convenient, and a great way to get the beautiful smile you’ve always wanted. Straighter teeth will improve your smile, make your teeth easier to clean, and boost your self-esteem.
Dedicating yourself to improving your oral health will not only improve your smile, but it will also benefit your overall health. Your mouth is a window into your body’s health, and a healthy smile is the first step towards a healthy body. Vow to make this year the year of a healthier mouth, healthier you!
Cosmetic Dental Services in Parma Heights, Ohio
Get started on the right foot (or tooth!) this year with an oral health exam and cleaning from Dr. Wolnik! Book your appointment straight from our website (just look for the green “book an appointment button) or give us a call at (440) 888-5055!