May
12

5 Secrets to Maintaining a Healthy Smile

Posted by Fawzia Husain

5 Secrets to Maintaining a Healthy Smile

Would you like to know the secret to maintaining a healthy and beautiful smile? Here are 5 simple tips that will definitely help.

  1. Regular dental visits and exams: Schedule a visit to your hygienist/dentist at least twice a year. Periodic checks, cleanings and treatments help prevent small issues from turning into major dental problems. Bad breath, cavities and bleeding gums are nothing to smile about. Worse still, neglect can have a negative impact on your overall health. For instance, many studies show a link between gum disease and heart issues. Acid reflux, which is often manifested by bad breath, can also be diagnosed by a dentist.
  2. Be diligent about your dental hygiene: There is no substitute for flossing your teeth and brushing them twice a day. Don’t cheat on the two minutes! Keep a timer if necessary, especially for young children. Use a soft bristled toothbrush and remember to brush your tongue as well. Change your toothbrush every three months. Using a worn out toothbrush is like not brushing at all.
  3. Don’t neglect follow up treatments: Whether it is tooth fillings, braces or 3-month teeth cleanings to treat periodontal disease, don’t ignore your dentist’s recommendations. Misaligned teeth for instance, will impact the ones around them and can prevent you from brushing and flossing properly. Bad breath and gum disease are signs that all is not well in your mouth. You cannot hope to have a beautiful smile without healthy teeth.
  4. Don’t neglect follow up treatments: Whether it is tooth fillings, braces or 3-month teeth cleanings to treat periodontal disease, don’t ignore your dentist’s recommendations. Misaligned teeth for instance, will impact the ones around them and can prevent you from brushing and flossing properly. Bad breath and gum disease are signs that all is not well in your mouth. You cannot hope to have a beautiful smile without healthy teeth.
  5. Try professional teeth whitening: Diet, illness and/or age can cause your teeth to get discoloured. Many people turn to whitening solutions to remove stains and bring back the whiteness. Choose your teeth whitening products carefully. Over-the-counter bleaching agents that are too strong can cause permanent tooth damage. It is preferable to have your teeth whitened by a dentist who will monitor the procedure and protect your teeth from any adverse effects.

At Waterloo Smiles, we offer a wide range of preventative and cosmetic dental treatments to help you maintain a healthy smile. We educate patients about good dental hygiene and deliver quality care through personalized attention and service.

Call 519-888-6063 now or click here to schedule an appointment and discuss how you can maintain a healthy, beautiful smile.

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