Obtaining and Maintaining that Perfect Smile
Dentists say that the most important part of tooth care happens at home. Brushing and flossing
properly, along with regular dental checkups, can help prevent tooth decay and gum disease. If you’re like most people, you don’t exactly look forward to facing a dentist’s drill. So wouldn’t it be better to prevent cavities before they begin?
To prevent cavities, you need to remove plaque, the transparent layer of bacteria that coats the teeth. The best way to do this is by brushing your teeth twice a day and flossing at least once a day. Brushing also stimulates the gums, which helps to keep them healthy and prevent gum disease. Brushing and flossing are the most important things that you can do to keep your teeth and gums healthy. Toothpastes contain abrasives, detergents, and foaming agents.
Fluoride, the most common active ingredient in toothpaste, is what prevents cavities. So you should always be sure your toothpaste contains fluoride.
Sometimes however we reach a stage where something needs to be done because our teeth have begun to darken, require fillings, cracked or even fallen out. The good news is that today, problems with your teeth and even losing a tooth or indeed several doesn’t mean that you have to either live with the gap or wear dentures. Advancements within the field of dentistry are giving patients more choice. With technology as it is today there are ways of improving your smile even if there is nothing medically wrong. Perhaps you got a bit carried away with the coffee or sweets over the years and want to turn the clock back to have your teeth shining white again? Treatments such as tooth whitening, white fillings and veneers make this a real possibility and are guaranteed to put the smile back on your face!
More advanced techniques such as dental Implants enable you to have one or more of your missing teeth replaced with permanent teeth that both look and feel like your own teeth. They are attached to a small titanium screws that when placed in the jaw, act as anchors. With dental implants it’s possible to replace every single one of your teeth or just a single one. Dental implants can look fantastic and to the untrained eye there will be no visible difference to a regular healthy tooth.
Appearances matter to most people, and a healthy white smile can really enhance your appearance, and boost your confidence. Of course maintaining your already healthy teeth with regular brushing and trips to the dentist is the best way of maintaining that perfect smile but if you have let your brushing or eating habits slip it is good to know that in recent years, teeth whitening products and cosmetic procedures have become more affordable and accessible. We all dream of having the perfect smile and thanks to modern dentistry – we all can.
Don’t regret bad dental hygiene
A survey (as seen on British health website) has revealed that over two thirds of for interview regret not looking after their teeth properly in earlier years through dental hygiene neglect. The statistics showed that people from The North East of England and Scotland, were the most regretful in the country. Men were more regretful than women on the whole.
Back in 1968 1 in 3 of adults living in the UK whom were 16 and over did not have any teeth, roll forward to the 21st century and that number has dropped to 6% which is a massive improvement. Despite decreasing the number of toothless patients considerably, that number could in fact be ZERO if people were to look after their teeth every single day, everybody is more than capable of keeping their teeth for life.
Nowadays more younger people in the UK are conscious of how their teeth are 16-24 year olds in comparison to 5 years ago are more conscious. As we see these people grow, the hope is that they are conscious enough to regularly brush their teeth, have a balanced diet and have regular visits to the dentist and hang onto their teeth for life, making helping get that figure of losing teeth down even more so.
The best way to ensure your teeth are looked after starts when those very first milk teeth come through. It i s important to introduce your child to a dentist at a young age and get them into a familiar routine of regular check ups to ensure their teeth are the healthiest they can be. Teach your children how to properly brush their teeth and ensure you keep up this daily routine strictly to give them the head start they deserve. Doing this at a young age ensures that children are in a strict routine and will not slip into bad habits into their teens and adult life. Help prevent your child from tooth decay and gum disease, let them see they dentist is a good thing not a thing of fear. If your child looks after their teeth properly they need never fear the dentist.
Once oral health is stead well and maintained as you grow older you will have no regrets. If you have neglected your teeth as a youngster it’s never too late to start looking after your teeth to prolong any damage you may have caused – if you fear the dentist or you feel like you’ve left it too late, don’t fear get in contact with us to help sort any problems, ignoring it won’t make the problem go away. Take a deep breath and call one of our wonderful friendly team who are here to help not judge and work out the best treatment plan for you.
So it’s quite simple, brush regularly, floss, reduce sugary foods, visit your dentist regularly, all for less than 30 minutes a day and you will save a lifetime of regret.
Always a Practical Option
We’ve all seen these celebrities with those dazzling smiles and wonderful looking teeth and we all know, deep down, that they are not natural. Not at all! The beautiful smiles that we see in the movies are all the result of the latest developments in ‘Teeth Whitening’ – a quick, simple, pain free method of treatment that can take even the most smoke stained / coffee stained teeth back to their original milky colour.
Some people may wonder, ‘well, what is the point?’ The answer is; a great smile is important for your self-esteem as well as to create a good impression with people you meet on a daily basis. If such a simple procedure can increase your happiness and make you more successful – why on Earth should you not be interested?
As we said already, this process is so simple; you will be amazed at how quickly the specialists can turn a lifeless smile into a vibrant one! Even when people are considering further treatment to close gaps or disguise crooked teeth, dentists these days will always suggest whitening first and sometimes the person will be so happy with the new smile that they achieve, they decide not to have the more complex treatment.
At the end of the day, it is how YOU feel that matters – so if you want to boost your confidence you should certainly work on your smile! Incidentally, everyone should feel confident enough to have a smiling, full face picture taken and this is a good test. Are you? If not, give one of our dental specialists a call and ask them for more information – we sure they’ll have you smiling in no time!