It Takes More Than Luck to Have a Great Smile

People who have fantastic smiles usually dont just get the luck of the draw. Most of them work hard to keep those smiles sparkling, whether its through good daily oral hygiene, careful consideration of what they eat, working closely with a dentist, or all three. Heres how you can be one of those lucky people. Stop smoking and any other tobacco use Not only is smoking bad for your health it can cause various forms of cancer but it also makes your grin a little ghastly. Tobacco can turn teeth yellow and leave you with bad breath.1 Additionally, tobacco use is a risk factor for periodontal diseases, dental caries, tooth loss and many other serious medical problems .2 Stop the stains Stop staining your teeth with certain beverages and foods. Cola, coffee3, red wine, tea4, grape juice and even berries and beets5 can discolor or darken your sparkling white teeth. If the stain isnt coming off by brushing, you still have options. Talk with a dental professional about your choices, it may be as simple as a dental cleaning or may include whitening treatments6 or veneers.4 Start making and keeping dental appointments If youre not already visiting your dentist on a regular basis, start doing so. Your dentist can help you monitor problem areas and help you decide how to address any issues. He or she can also spot potential problems in the early stages or before they even happen, saving you from needing more serious work in the future and maybe even saving your teeth.7 Start brushing and flossing regularly It may seem like an obvious solution, but staying on top of daily oral hygiene is the best way to make sure your teeth are in tip-top shape. Removing substances from teeth before they stain and eliminating cavity-causing food particles will do wonders for your smile, especially if youve followed the rest of our advice. In addition to your morning and evening routine, you may want to consider adding a mid-day brushing. Even just brushing with water will help get food particles off of your teeth until you get home and can use fluoridated toothpaste.8

1,16445 2 Bloom B, Adams PF, NCHS Data Brief. 2012 Feb;(85):1-8. Smoking and oral health in dentate adults aged 18-64. 3,21447 4,21460 5,DD28 6,DD59 7,Delta72 8,DD42


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