June 2010 articles

Love your smile.

From picture texts to family albums, photos can make your favorite memories last forever. Of course, if you’re unhappy with or embarrassed by your smile, those photos can be a cruel reminder. National Smile Month is the perfect opportunity to seek solutions for dental woes and start loving your smile! Brushing up on oral care is the best place to start. Get on track by scheduling a cleaning with your dentist and brushing 2-3 times a day for 2-3 minutes at a time. Brush every surface of every tooth in soft circles, and glide floss back and forth between each tooth.

If bad breath is what plagues you, spend extra time brushing your tongue. Staying hydrated and chewing sugar-free xylitol gum will help keep saliva active and bacteria levels low. Avoiding tobacco and potent food like garlic and onions will also help. Your dentist can diagnose whether a more chronic problem like halitosis or periodontal gum disease is to blame and prescribe treatment. Even beautiful smiles can be a pain for those who suffer from sensitive teeth. Don’t grin and bear it, visit your dentist. Because some sensitivity is caused by exposed root or dentin, it’s important for a dentist to diagnose the situation and provide treatment options.

When improper alignment has your smile off track, it can affect your oral health too. Unlike a straight smile, crooked teeth wear unevenly and can be tough to clean. Talk to your dentist about orthodontia, restoration and other options. Many people with chipped, missing or discolored teeth opt for a total smile restoration. Modern techniques can create natural, beautiful results for a single tooth or your whole mouth. Read Delta Dentals’ oral health and wellness article Cosmetic Dentistry: There’s No Reason to Hide Your Smile and talk to your dentist about the best option for you.


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