Wish you had a close to perfect smile? It's no surprise that a bright, white smile can make you appear more attractive. According to the American Academy of Cosmetic Dentistry, 96 percent of respondents surveyed believe an attractive smile makes a person more appealing.
Good dental health goes far beyond looks, as your gums affect your overall health. By following these steps, you’ll be taking important strides for the rest of your body, too.
Here are 7 dental health steps to creating a better smile and better overall health. Step 1: Brush Regularly (Twice a day)
Brushing regularly helps to remove food particles and bacteria in your mouth. It also helps to freshen your breath and clean your teeth. Step 2: Floss Daily
Flossing helps to remove the bacteria from in between your teeth that your toothbrush cannot reach. This helps to prevent gum disease. Step 3: Make Regular Visits to Your Dentist
Visit your dentist at least twice a year for thorough dental cleanings. Your dentist can spot the early signs of gum disease, and is more easily treated when caught in the beginning stages. Step 4: Eat a Healthy Diet
Make sure to eat a lot of healthy foods, especially dairy and other calcium- rich foods. Calcium helps to maintain strong bones and teeth, and the vitamin C in citrus fruits boosts gum health. Step 5: Don't Smoke or Use Smokeless Tobacco
People who smoke are four times more likely than nonsmokers to have gum disease, according to a study by the Journal of Periodontology. Step 6: Whiten Your Teeth
While the benefits are solely cosmetic, with today's products, whitening is an overall safe procedure that will not harm your teeth as long as the products are used as directed and you are under the care of a dentist.
Note: Talk with your dentist before undergoing any whitening procedure to make sure your teeth and gums are healthy. Step 7: Consider Cosmetic Procedures
In the past several years, there have been great advances in cosmetic dentistry. It is now possible to fix most cosmetic problems pertaining to your teeth.
Note: Cosmetic dentistry is not covered by insurance, and it can be costly. It's important to schedule a consultation with an experienced cosmetic dentist prior to undergoing any type of procedure.
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