Posted on 27.01.2015 by perfectsmile
As Valentine’s Day gets closer the chances are that you want your teeth look as clean, white and dazzling as they possibly can. Whether you’re hoping to treat someone to a romantic night out, meeting a new person for the first time or just wanting to catch the eye of that someone special, it’s impossible to overstate the importance of ensuring that your teeth are in the best possible condition. A perfect smile sends out all the right signals, making you look happy, healthy and like someone who takes care of themselves. Over and above the aesthetic bonus of great teeth there is the fact that knowing your smile will make a positive impression allows you to relax and truly be yourself. Chatting, laughing, drinking and smiling will all come that much more easily if you know your smile looks wonderful. The key to good dental care lies in striking the perfect balance between the work your dentist does and the steps you take yourself in the comfort of your own home. Regular visits to the surgery will ensure that any problems are spotted and dealt with as quickly as possible, as well as making it simple to access advice on matters such as brushing and flossing, with your dentist and dental hygienist being only too happy to point out where you might be going wrong and outline the most effective techniques. Once back home, however, it will be up to you to take the steps necessary to make sure that your smile remains in the attractive and healthy condition your dentist managed to bring about. The following are some of the most useful tips when it comes to looking after your teeth:
- Brush and floss twice a day: It’s impossible to eat without causing food debris to collect in the gaps between your teeth and around the gum line. When the bacteria naturally present in your mouth combines with this debris, it creates acid which attacks both the enamel of your teeth and the soft tissue of your gums. Left unchecked, this acid will cause cavities and gum disease, and the very best means of combatting this is to instigate a regime of brushing and flossing every single day. Your dental hygienist will demonstrate the correct techniques for brushing and flossing, advising that your brush should be moved in small, gentle, circular motions, and that scrubbing too hard, or too soon after eating, can actually damage the teeth by driving the acid deeper into the enamel. They will also recommend the use of floss to remove particles of food which collect in hard to reach places between the teeth, and that cleaning your tongue as well will remove bacteria and aid in the fight against bad breath.
- Diet and Dental Health: No matter how careful you are when it comes to cleaning your teeth, your smile is going to suffer if your diet is unhealthy and packed with food and drink which attacks the teeth. The good news is that the kind of food which is good for your smile is also excellent in terms of your all round health. Fresh vegetables, particularly crunchy items like carrots and celery, will help to ‘scrub’ the surface of your teeth at the same time as providing you with valuable vitamins and minerals, and the same is true of whole grains and fruit. Another good tip is to avoid drinks high in sugar, such as fizzy ‘energy’ drinks, and, where possible, stick to drinking water. Not only is water free of damaging sugars or acids, but will also help to rinse food debris from the mouth. Other things to avoid if you wish to keep your smile as white as possible include strongly pigmented food and drink such as red wine and coffee, and smoking, whilst, in general terms, sugar and starch should be avoided for the sake of your teeth and your general well-being.
- Keep Fit and Healthy: Your overall levels of physical fitness can have a huge impact on the condition of your teeth and gums. Conditions such as heart disease and diabetes can have a direct impact upon the health of your teeth and gums, whilst studies have also shown links between high levels of plaque and problems with the heart. Consequently, keeping active, taking lots of exercise and staying fit will not only make you healthier in general it will also improve the condition and appearance of your smile. On the other side of the equation, many medications taken for ill health can lead to problems such as ‘dry mouth’, by inhibiting the body’s production of saliva. Saliva is known by dentists as ‘natures mouthwash’ as it helps to rinse food, acid and bacteria out of the mouth, so any condition which requires medication which reduces the amount of saliva in the mouth can be damaging for your dental health. Taking as many positive steps to stay fit and healthy as possible, then, will not only have you smiling about how good you feel, it will also mean the smile you’re flashing looks as appealing as possible.
- The Power of Positivity: What the bulk of this advice boils down to is the fact that a healthy body and active life can keep your smile looking its’ very best, and a large part of this depends upon having a positive mental attitude. Studies have shown that people with an optimistic outlook and generally high levels of mental positivity are less likely to suffer physical ill health, so it’s vital that, if you want to keep your smile looking as attractive as possible, you make sure you flash it to the rest of the world as often as you can.
- Get Teeth Whitening Treatment: No matter how often you visit your dentists there’s still no guarantee that your teeth will stay as white as you wish them to be. For some people, grey, dull or miscoloured teeth can be the result of bad decisions regarding their diet, a poor oral hygiene regime or the fact that they smoke cigarettes or some other form of tobacco. Often, however, it’s a problem which can occur due simply to the passing of time, as the enamel wears down and the darker substance inside the tooth becomes more visible, or is simply the result of an unfortunate genetic disposition. No matter what causes your teeth to be less white than they should be, the good news is that a modern dental surgery can offer treatments aimed at correcting the problem
- Consult A Dentist: Whilst it is possible to buy over the counter teeth whitening treatments from a chemist, there is still no treatment as safe, effective and convenient as that which is provided by the dentists. Having inspected your teeth, they will be able to advise as to whether whitening treatment is viable, and exactly how many shades of whiteness you can expect your enamel to be lifted by. In some cases, your dentist will then apply a bleaching agent, often in the form of a gel, which is placed in contact with the teeth via a custom made tray. This means that the chemicals in the bleach, which are very strong and can be dangerous, will only come into contact with those parts of the teeth which you intend to treat, thus minimising the risk to your gums and other soft tissue. After this initial treatment, your dentist will send you home with the applicator tray, some more bleaching gel, and instructions as to how many times a day, and for how long, you are to apply the treatment. This form of teeth whitening is effective and convenient enough to fit in around the rest of your busy life. In some cases, however, you may wish to improve the appearance of your teeth in a hurry, making them brighter in time for a special occasion such as a wedding or romantic Valentine’s Day night out. In cases such as this, our dentists can offer high speed whitening treatments which combine the use of bleaching agents with lasers or lights which activate the gel instantly. By accessing treatment such as this, it’s possible to walk into the surgery with a dull grey smile and leave with the kind of dazzling teeth which used to be the preserve of Hollywood superstars. Tips to Keep Your Valentine’s Day Sparkle Having your teeth whitened in time for Valentine’s Day will ensure that the person of your dreams is dazzled by the brightness of your smile and, in all probability, by your relaxed and easy going nature. If you want to keep your teeth looking just as white and healthy as time goes by, however, then it’s important to follow a few simple tips and pieces of advice. Avoid staining the enamel all over again with the likes of tea, coffee, red wine and strongly coloured berries. If you smoke then try as hard as you can to stop, even if this means investing in aids such as nicotine patches, nicotine gum or and e-cigarette. If you truly find it impossible to quit then have a word with your doctor, who will be able to offer advice and practical help, and once you do stop smoking the rest of your body and standard of health will improve along with the enamel of your teeth. On the big day itself, there are a few simple things you can do to make sure that your smile doesn’t let you down. When you set out on your special date, make sure you take a simple Perfect Smile kit along with you. This kit should include the following items:
- Vaseline or a Chap Stick – This should be used to stop your lips from drying out and, where women are concerned, stop lipstick getting onto your teeth.
- Gum or Breath Mints – Your Valentine’s Day may well feature a deliciously rich meal in a restaurant, but you don’t want your other half to be tasting or smelling what you ate several hours later. To stop this, take some minty gum or sweets along with you, although always make sure that you go for a sugar free option.
- Travel Brush – In order to be extra safe, take along a travel toothbrush, a small tube of toothpaste and a miniature bottle of mouthwash. Armed with all of this you’ll be able to keep your mouth looking, tasting and feeling ultra-fresh from the beginning to the end of the date.
This Valentine’s Day, make sure that your smile is as attractive and healthy as it possibly can be. Follow our tips, access our expert help and you’ll be ideally placed to share smiles with someone special who may, you never know, end up being the love of your life.
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