Have our smiles ever been more important? With endless Zoom calls, constant talking and all eyes on our faces, the impression we make is important, but so is our oral health.
The big question is how can we improve our smile, without the need for cosmetic dental procedures? Checkout our top 3 tips.
1. Get back to basics
It might sound obvious, but this is all about remembering the key things we were taught as kids.
Brush twice a day for two minutes or more using a good, electric toothbrush and toothpaste that contains at least 1,350 parts per million (ppm) fluoride. Plaque can harden into tartar so frequent brushing helps teeth stay whiter and healthier than in people who brush less often.
Floss after brushing. This will help you get to those really hard to reach areas and remove plaque from between your teeth and underneath the gums, which will prevent tooth decay and gingivitis.
If you can’t stand flossing, try and oral irrigator. This device sprays water or mouthwash to remove plaque and food between your teeth and below your gumline.
2. Visit your hygienist twice a year
Everyone should see a hygienist twice a year for routine cleanings to help promote good oral health and a great smile. When your cleanings are irregular, you can develop periodontal disease. This can cause unsightly swollen, receding and bleeding gums. It’s also linked to health conditions like heart attack, stroke, diabetes, obesity, premature births and sleep apnea.
3. Get ‘smart’ and go digital!
Prevention is key when it comes to maintaining good oral health and a great smile. Seeing a dentist or hygienist twice a year is great, but after that…you are on your own, or are you?
An effective way to stay on top of your oral health and prevent issues from occurring is to download a dental app.
This means you can access in-depth oral health reports, get advice on your oral health or homecare routine, get a second opinion, a smile assessment and more. All on your smartphone, from a local dentist in your area, from the comfort of your own home.
Catching potential issues early will lead to better oral health, less treatment, less cost and give you a long-lasting great smile.
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