Halloween is one of our favorite national pastimes. Just think about it for a second: it involves dressing up like your favorite character or pop culture figure, watching scary movies and eating tons of sugary foods. While the first two are rather harmless – unless you have a heart condition and attempt to watch something a little too scary – the third could have a major impact on your teeth down the road. Sugar and healthy teeth simply don’t go hand in hand.
There’s no question that everyone wants a bright smile. Cosmetic dentistry services and products are a multi-billion dollar industry as individuals attempt to retain their youthful smile. Anyone who doesn’t have healthy teeth can tell you the problems with a poor smile. They could be social problems, like trouble dating or low self-esteem, to physical problems, including gum disease, oral cancer or even heart problems. Luckily, there are ways to preserve your smile. Here are five of the most effective:
Learn How to Brush and Floss Correctly
Yes, you probably know that you’re supposed to brush and floss every day, but how many of us are actually doing these mandatory precautions correctly? Unfortunately, most people don’t know how to brush correctly. They may not be making the right motion, not know the correct time to do it, or may be missing out on some hard to reach places, like those back molars. The same goes for flossing. While some blood is certainly possible, especially in the beginning, those that floss with poor technique or too much vigor may be doing more harm than good.
Eat the Right Foods
All of that Halloween candy may be great for your taste, but it won’t make your dentist happy. Sugar feeds plaque, and plaque causes inflammation and illness. In addition to sugar, highly acidic foods like soda and citrusy foods can wear away on tooth enamel. Instead, concentrate on foods that rid your teeth of plaque and restore mineral levels, including raw fruits and veggies, some dairy and sesame oil.
Smoking will not only stain your teeth; it could cause greater tooth loss and increase your changes for periodontal disease. Dentists believe this is because of the inflammation caused by cigarette smoke. Smokers are more than twice as likely to get periodontal disease, and they require more time to recover from gum infections.
Consider Getting Dental Implants
For those who suffer from tooth loss, it could be a huge damper on self-esteem and completing the simplest of daily activities, even talking and eating. Dental implants, which have only become available through advancements in manufacturing technology like micro molding components, are becoming a much better long-term alternative to dentures. If you’re concerned about the way your teeth look, there’s no harm in cosmetic dentistry.
See your Dentist Twice a Year
Brushing your teeth, eating correctly and avoiding smoking will do wonders for your teeth, but visiting your dentist twice a year for a professional cleaning will ensure a lifetime of healthy teeth. In addition to providing a thorough cleaning, your dentist can identify any present/future issues you might have, so you can be proactive against these things before they become problems.