One of the first things someone will notice about you is your smile. If you take good care of it, odds are your smile looks pretty good. Without the right habits in place, your oral health and smile aesthetics can suffer. Fortunately, taking care of your teeth is actually quite easy. With these nine easy habits, you can enhance your smile and maintain its beauty for years to come.
1. Quit Smoking
One of the most harmful habits for not only your teeth but your overall oral and full-body health is smoking. Smoking can cause cancer, wrinkles, lung diseases, heart disease, diabetes, COPD, and increases the risk of eye diseases, immune system problems, tuberculosis, and arthritis. As for its effect on your oral health, it can severely stain your teeth, cause cavities and gum disease, and result in mouth cancer. There are no health benefits of smoking cigarettes.
Smoking can also cause significant damage to your gums. They may start to recede and develop large pockets around the teeth that can make them appear longer. The dark pockets might also create dark spaces around your teeth.
If you want to enhance your smile and your overall health, quit smoking. It’s that simple. After you quit smoking, your oral health can return back to its healthy self. You can also get rid of your stained teeth with cosmetic dentistry, and enjoy fresh breath!
2. Limit Tea, Coffee, and Red Wine
You might love the taste (and side effects) of tea, coffee, and red wine, but they’re not the best beverages for your smile. Similar to smoking, these beverages can stain your teeth significantly. Fortunately, with cosmetic dentistry, it’s easy to remove these stains. It’s just a matter of keeping the stains away after you get rid of them. If you can’t live without coffee, tea, or red wine, at the very least, consider drinking through a straw. You can also rinse your mouth frequently with water so the beverages don’t rest on your teeth for too long.
Limiting tea, coffee, and red wine can help prevent stains and keep your pearly whites, white.
3. Visit Your Hygienist Twice a Year
Another easy habit that will enhance your smile’s appearance and your oral health is visiting your hygienist twice a year. When you come in for your dental cleaning, we will remove plaque and tartar from your teeth and from beneath the gum line. This will help prevent cavities, gum disease, and remove surface stains from your teeth.
Your dental cleaning is also an opportunity for our Las Vegas dentist to search for any other dental problems occurring in your mouth. If we come across any problems, we can provide you with treatment before the problems progress and cause more damage.
If you want to maintain your beautiful smile, visiting the dentist every six months is a must!
4. Floss Daily
Flossing is not just essential for your gum health and preventing cavities, it’s also beneficial for your smile’s appearance. When you remove plaque and debris from between your teeth and under your gum line, you’re preventing stains, cavities, and gum disease. If you don’t floss, your gums can start to recede, and your teeth might look yellow around the edges. Make sure to floss every night before you brush your teeth for the most benefits possible. There is also whitening floss you can use to further prevent and remove stains from between your teeth.
5. Invest in a High-Quality Toothbrush
If you’ve ever switched from a manual toothbrush to a nice electric toothbrush, you likely won’t ever go back. Investing in a high-quality toothbrush will help you remove more plaque and stains and more effectively clean your teeth. The more effectively you clean your teeth, the less likely you will experience cavities, gum disease, and staining. If you’re not sure which toothbrush to invest in, ask Dr. Polley for a recommendation the next time you’re in for a visit.
6. Drink Lots of Water
Staying hydrated by drinking lots of water throughout the day can help clean your teeth off and discourage tooth decay. If possible, steer clear of sugary drinks and stick to water. This will prevent enamel erosion and staining.
7. Brush Day and Night
You should brush your teeth twice a day, no exceptions. Brushing before you go to bed helps remove all the bacteria and debris from your mouth that could otherwise turn into plaque and tartar and cause stains. Brushing in the morning is great for removing that morning breath and setting your teeth up for a long day. Brushing day and night is the best way to keep your teeth clean and prevent serious dental problems from occurring.
8. Don’t Wait On Dental Treatments
When you push off dental treatments you need, your teeth might get even worse in appearance. Not to mention, you might experience even more pain. As time passes, you will likely need to spend even more money on needed dental treatments. Whatever you do, get treatments when you need them. Don’t wait.
9. Wear Your Appliances
The last habit you can practice to enhance the appearance of your smile is wearing your recommended appliances. This includes retainers, oral appliances, oral splints, and mouth guards. By wearing your appliances as instructed, you will prevent further damage to your teeth or changes to your smile.
Get Cosmetic Dentistry in Las Vegas To Further Enhance Your Smile
If you practice all of these habits but you’re still not happy with your smile, that’s okay. Dr. Polley is a cosmetic dentist in Las Vegas who offers a wide range of cosmetic dentistry treatments that can help. Please contact our dental office at (702) 873-0324 to book a cosmetic dentistry consultation today.