We all want to maintain the best smile we possibly can. When someone first meets you, one of the first things they’ll probably notice about you is your smile. We talk, eat, laugh and smile a lot, so our teeth are on display throughout a huge part of the day. While some of us may be self conscious about our teeth, it’s nigh on impossible to get away with not showing them on a regular basis throughout each and every day. If you do manage, it can impact your social life, as you may come across as hostile, negative, pessimistic or like you’re sharing bad energy or feelings. So, what can you do to maintain a smile that you can be proud of? Here are a few simple steps that can help you along the way!
Clean Your Teeth Properly
We’re all well aware that we should clean our teeth twice a day. This is a piece of information that’s drilled into us from the moment we have teeth and can understand the concept. But so few of us actually clean our teeth properly. We’ll not brush them for long enough. We’ll fail to use the right tools or products. We’ll sometimes skip cleaning them if it’s inconvenient for us – perhaps we’re really tired and don’t feel we have the energy before bed. Make sure to clean your teeth for two minutes, morning and night. Use a high quality toothbrush (electric tends to do a more thorough job for the average person), fluoride toothpaste, floss, interdental cleaners and a quality mouthwash.
Visit Your Dentist
Many of us are also aware that we should visit our dentist relatively regularly, but fail to. You should see your dentist once every six months. During your appointment, they’ll be able to carry out a full inspection of your mouth. They’ll identify any problems, including cavities that may need to be filled. If you require any treatment, they’ll book you in for an appointment to have the work carried out. They may be able to recommend treatments for aesthetic value too. They could offer to help you to straighten teeth at home, whiten your teeth, or other more complex procedures like veneers.
Visit Your Hygienist
An appointment that people go to less commonly than the dentist is the hygienist. But seriously consider this. A hygienist specialises in your oral hygiene. They’ll be able to give your teeth a thorough clean with specialist tools, removing tartar that you may not be able to brush away yourself. Visit your hygienist once every six months. You could book in around the same time as your six monthly dental appointments to help yourself remember and for the sake of convenience.
These are just a few suggestions that should help you along the way towards having a healthy and appealing smile. Dental hygiene is key, but additional treatments or procedures can always help too!