Most people will say when they meet someone new they notice the person’s eyes first. Next, they notice a person’s smile. Do you smile freely, or hate what your teeth look like? All dentists recommend brushing one’s teeth after meals. Flossing is essential as well. It gets specks stuck in your teeth that your toothbrush doesn’t and flossing promotes healthier gums. Simple and easy right? I will admit that flossing is a pain in the neck, but worth the effort. But aside from the usual brushing and flossing, what else can one do for a healthy and beautiful smile? Read on.
Dark colored foods like berries and chocolate are good for you in the right amounts, but they can start some adverse actions on your choppers. Sugar causes the bacteria in one’s mouth to attack the enamel and promote decay. Brushing within 30 minutes after indulging your sweet tooth (in my case, sweet teeth) will fight off the damage.
Want white teeth but don’t want to pay for a whitening treatment? For natural whitening, eat food high in fiber like apples, carrots, and celery.
There are some products out there that will discolor teeth. Red wine, tea, and coffee are highest on the list of things that can stain your teeth. Here is what happens – Drinks like this can tear away enamel and increase the chance for decay. To decrease the effects on your teeth, limit your intake of these things and rinse your mouth with water after drinking them. Using a straw instead of sipping is another way to cut the bad effects of some drinks.
Stop using tobacco. In case you didn’t know this, smoking causes up to 75% of adult gum disease. Not only does tobacco stain teeth, it can weaken bones and gums, and boost your risk of oral cancer. The great news: kick the habit and you can cut your risk by 50% in just five years. Stopping immediately can also stop the progress of nicotine discoloration.
What about dental emergencies? A loose, broken, or tooth that has been knocked out can often be repaired and doesn’t necessarily mean that your smile will have a gap in it. A tooth that has been knocked out can often be reimplanted. Here’s what to do when you have a dental emergency:
If a permanent tooth is knocked out, find it quickly. Contact your dentist immediately and take your tooth with you. On the way to the dentist put the tooth back in the socket, if possible, biting down on gauze to hold it in place. Don’t swallow it or you may find you do have a gap in your smile. Or, you can place the tooth in a small container and cover it with milk or saliva. Use direct pressure to stop bleeding at the site, and if in a lot of pain, you can use a cold compress to reduce the discomfort. Call your dentist.
If a baby tooth is knocked out, save it for the Tooth Fairy. And if the spot is bleeding or sore, use pressure for the bleeding and a cold compress for the discomfort.
Smile, and people will wonder what you are thinking!