Pearly Whites Don’t Necessarily Equal Healthy Teeth
While teeth whitening is a fast way to boost confidence and it is one of the most commonly requested cosmetic procedures at our office, you can’t just assume that because teeth are pearly white, that they are healthy. You can have white teeth and still have gum disease or cavities, just as you can have off white or yellowish teeth but they can be perfectly healthy.
Many people look to the color of teeth when considering health; they think that for teeth to be considered healthy they need to be pearly white. Most people want their teeth to look good but appearance isn’t everything when it comes to having a healthy set of teeth.
Here are a few tips on what you can do to keep those pearly whites healthy:
Keep those scheduled hygiene appointments –
Don’t wait until something is wrong to visit. Regularly scheduled visits; at least twice a year, are vital to maintaining oral health. Issues caught early are much easier and less expensive to correct. Remember; dentistry isn’t expensive, neglect is.
Don’t ignore small issues –
For example, small amount of blood when you brush? Don’t just ignore it. Bleeding gums may be the first sign of gum disease which can lead to much bigger problems with oral health AND overall health.
Floss your teeth –
Yes, it does help and it is that important. Flossing is the only way to reach between each tooth and remove decay and plaque buildup so you aren’t dealing with cavities between teeth. If the floss isn’t bending, you’re just pretending.
Watch your drinks –
The more sugar a drink contains, the higher the toll your smile will take. Inspect nutritional information; you might be surprised where sugars hide. If you must indulge in a sugar laden drink, try to use a straw or rinse with water as soon after finishing as possible. This will help reduce the tooth exposure to the sugar bath.
Put in the required time to keep teeth clean and healthy –
Speeding through brushing isn’t enough to get your teeth clean. You need to take a full 2 minutes twice a day to get the job done right. Don’t brush too hard because this can cause other issues to arise, such as gum recession and sensitivity. Focus brushing the front, top and don’t forget the back of your teeth!
Focus on your whole body –
It’s important to remember that there is a connection between oral health and the rest of your body. Some issues you may have been dealing with for years can be treated at the dentist office. Do you clench or grind your teeth? Struggle with headaches? Facial pain? These can be debilitating but can be treated with us through various different treatments depending on your personal issues.
Take time to keep those teeth healthy and strong. If you’ve fallen behind in hygiene, give us a call or reserve your appointment today!