Protecting your smile comes with a lot of work and dedication. It’s not just a case of brushing your teeth two to three times a day. It’s not just using mouthwash and flossing. And it’s not even about visiting a dentist several times a year. It’s a combination of all those elements plus much more, and unless you’re thinking of taking the easier route via cosmetic surgery, then you’ll have to put in some hard work and dedication.
So to get you started, here are a couple of tips that will help you protect your smile for many years to come.
Dental checkups at least twice a year
If you’re not visiting a dentist at least twice a year then you’re not taking great care of your teeth. You’ll have to visit a dentist once every 6 months (minimum) in order to keep track of how your teeth and gums are doing, as well as your dietary changes and how they’re affecting your dental health. Combine these checkups at your dentist of choice with a hygienist session and you’ll leave feeling refreshed and with a clean mouth. Checking the overall health of your teeth is important for several reasons, but the main focus is to ensure that you’re not developing bad habits or gum disease.
Learning to brush and floss
Did you know that most people don’t brush their teeth properly? It doesn’t matter if you use a manual or automatic toothbrush—you have to know how to brush properly in order to get the most out of your cleaning sessions. Brushing and flossing are an essential part of anyone’s tooth care regime, which is why you should learn to brush properly and also learn when the right time to floss is. Most people floss in the morning and before bed, but you only really need to floss at night so that the bacteria and food between your teeth don’t have a chance to make your teeth worse.
Visiting a nutritionist
People don’t always associate dieting with healthcare, but it’s actually an incredibly important component that will make a huge difference in the quality of your teeth. Most cases of tooth decay, disease and even loss can be prevented entirely with the help of a good diet. Most people know that eating sugary foods can be detrimental to your health, but there are also foods that can help improve your oral health overall, especially if you suffer from a case of halitosis (bad breath). A nutritionist can give you a lot of sound advice that will help deal with most of your dental issues, and you should think of it as a preventative measure that will reduce the chance of you suffering a long-term dental problem in the future.
Protecting your smile takes a lot of work, but for those that are dedicated and stick to the plan, they’ll see long-lasting results that will keep your teeth in your mouth for many years to come.