Good oral health keeps your smile at its best – and also can help you live your life to the fullest, while poor dental health can lead to overall health issues and impact self-esteem. Studies show that people who smile are seen as more confident, attractive, and are more successful in work and relationships. Best of all, improving your oral health is something you can start doing right now.
As you get back to seeing and doing the things you love, you’ll want your smile ready. Whether your smile has been neglected or you just want to make sure it’s as healthy as it can be, now is the time to connect with a Georgia Dental Association member dentist to address any current dental issues and prevent new ones. And get ready to #ShowUsYourSmile.
Tips to Improve Your Smile
Brush your teeth twice a day. Brushing with fluoride toothpaste is an essential part of your dental care routine to help remove food and plaque – the sticky white film containing bacteria that forms on your teeth. Neglecting this important duty can lead directly to tooth decay and gum disease. Brushing can also prevent bad breath – something that will be more apparent without a mask to conceal it and when social distancing becomes a thing of the past. Master a routine of brushing for two minutes once in the morning and before you go to bed. Replace your toothbrush every three to four months and be sure to use ADA-accepted fluoride toothpaste.
Clean between your teeth daily. While brushing takes care of the broader surfaces of your teeth, using an interdental cleaner like floss is required to remove excess plaque in the tight spaces your toothbrush can’t reach. Many ask what the best time is to floss – and the answer is that it doesn’t matter when. The important thing is that you do it. Equally as important is using the correct tools like string floss, powered water flossers, or dental picks. Using irregular objects is far less effective and can leave lasting damage to your teeth and gums.
Drink more water. One of the easiest and best things you can do to prevent cavities is to drink fluoridated tap water. It helps protect your tooth enamel by washing away sugar and lingering food particles stuck to your teeth. Sipping any kind of water throughout the day serves as a helpful cleaning boost between brushing. Staying hydrated also fights dry mouth when you have little to no saliva – your mouth’s initial defense against decay. The benefits go beyond just your mouth. Staying hydrated helps your body maintain a normal temperature, cushions joints, and prevents kidney stones – just to name a few. Add more water to your diet by replacing sugary drinks and carrying a water bottle with you that can be refilled throughout the day.
See your dentist regularly. Even if you look after your teeth and gums at home, visiting a dentist will help identify and treat problems early on that you may not be aware of. Most people need to visit the dentist once or twice a year, but that can vary depending on specific individual needs. Your dentist will always advise on the appropriate frequency of visits, as well as the best treatment options suited to you.
Did you know? – Fun Facts About Smiling
A real smile is hard to fake. The vast majority of humans can tell a forced smile from a genuine one. So, let’s give people something to smile about!
Humans are born to smile. Some babies are born smiling, and for many humans, it is the first expression we make.
Smiling is contagious. It’s hard to see a smiling face and not reflexively offer up a grin of your own.
A good smile may help your professional life. Not only does smiling make one appear more confident, but those who smile more have been found to have more success at work and are more productive when they smile while working.
Smiling makes you happy! It releases endorphins, a neurotransmitter that increases our mood, reduces stress, lowers blood pressure, and boosts the immune system.
GDA Foundation for Oral Health
7000 Peachtree Dunwoody Road NE
Building 17, Suite 200
Atlanta, GA 30328