If you’re like most people who’ve been blessed with a naturally beautiful smile, you don’t give it much thought until something happens to take its sparkle away. However, preventive measures exist designed to keep your teeth looking as good as possible. The following are just four things you can incorporate into your routine to help ensure that your smile continues to dazzle.
Wear Mouth Protection When Engaging in Physical Activities
Nothing ruins a smile more quickly than a tooth or teeth that have been knocked out or chipped. Wearing mouthguards while playing sports is a good way to keep this from happening, but keep in mind that wearing mouth protection is a good idea when engaging in physical activity that doesn’t fall under the technical definition of sports. If you use a bike to commute to and from work, for instance, wearing a mouth guard keeps your smile safe in the event of an accident.
Practice Good Oral Hygiene
This one should be a no-brainer, but you might be amazed to know how many people decide to skip brushing and flossing at the end of the day because they’re tired. Unfortunately, bacteria and plaque build-up overnight, so it’s never a good idea to skip your oral hygiene routine even if you’re absolutely exhausted. Scheduling brushing and flossing for sooner in the evening helps circumvent this, and keep in mind that if you’re too tired to brush and floss before bed, you’re probably not getting enough sleep.
Guard Against Staining
Many people can’t bear the thought of giving up their favorite foods and beverages in order to keep their teeth as white as possible, but there are things you can do to help prevent your teeth from developing stains. Drinking beverages through a straw, for instance, helps limit their contact with your teeth. If it isn’t possible to brush your teeth after eating or drinking items that cause staining, swish your mouth out thoroughly with clean water.
See Your Dentist Every Six Months
Scheduling an appointment for a dental checkup and cleaning every six months ensures that your dentist can identify issues that might affect your smile while they’re still in the early, highly treatable stages. Please feel free to contact us for more information on maintaining a healthy and gorgeous smile.