Do you dream of a bright white smile? Many of us would love to have perfect pearly whites. If your smile is dull, or your teeth are starting to show the effects of your coffee addiction, here are some tips to make your smile sparkle.
Be honest. When was the last time you paid a dental hygienist a visit? Dental hygienists play an essential role in treating patients with gum disease, but they can also provide services to naturally whiten the teeth and lower the risk of oral health issues. Professional cleaning treatments are more intensive than brushing, and hygienists can remove surface stains and target problem areas, for example, the cracks between the teeth that are difficult to reach with a brush. If you’re keen to enjoy a brighter, cleaner smile, seeing a hygienist once a year is an excellent idea.
A radiant smile has long been associated with health, wealth, beauty and success. The good news is that cosmetic dentistry is no longer restricted to the rich and famous. Whitening treatments are more affordable than ever before, and there is a range of options available. If you’re interested in professional teeth whitening, it’s advisable to do some research, arrange consultations and find out more about the methods available to you. You can choose to have at-home treatment, which is convenient if you have a busy schedule, or in-chair treatment. In-chair therapies tend to work faster and they can bring about more dramatic transformations. When considering whitening treatment, it’s crucial to visit a registered, experienced dentist. Whitening is a safe, effective treatment when administered by a trained, qualified dental professional, but there are risks involved and it should only be provided by those with the relevant expertise.
Oral hygiene at home
One of the simplest ways to make a difference to the aesthetic of your smile is to implement an effective oral hygiene regime at home. Studies suggest that a third of millennials only brush once a day, despite recommendations from dental experts. Set aside 2-3 minutes each morning and evening to brush your teeth and floss daily. It’s also beneficial to clean your tongue and to ensure you change your brush or electric toothbrush head every 3-4 months. Be gentle when you clean your teeth. If you brush too forcefully, this can damage the enamel. Wait for 45-60 minutes after eating to brush and try and avoid snacking between meals. When you eat, the bacteria in your mouth feed, and this causes them to release acids, which weaken the enamel. If you graze constantly, your teeth never have a chance to recover. Once the enamel is worn, there is a risk of increased sensitivity and decay. It’s also hugely beneficial to moderate your intake of sugary and acidic foods and drinks.
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Nothing makes you feel more confident than a bright white smile. If your teeth are more dull than dazzling, take these tips on board. Brush twice a day, floss daily, arrange frequent dental hygiene appointments and consider undergoing professional whitening treatment.