Just about everyone wants to have a nice smile. A good-looking smile gives people confidence and is a sign of good overall health. Here are just a few tips to help keep that beautiful smile:
By reducing snacking, you lower the amount of harmful acids that attach to tooth enamel. Lower your sugar consumption since sugars are the acids that allow mouth bacteria to produce. If you do snack, choose wholesome foods like an apple or a handful of nuts. Cut down on soda and sweet tea consumption. Try water or skim milk.
This lowers the amount of plaque bacteria that can cause decay and gum disease.
Floss or choose another inter-dental cleaner to use between teeth daily. Also, get in the habit of using an antimicrobial mouth rinse.
Not only do these stain teeth and cause bad breath, these habits can lead to pre-mature tooth loss. Nothing is more unattractive than spaces between teeth. Talk to Dr. Barnes about alternatives and options to quit tobacco use.
Many teens, as well as adults, play sports, but many do not think to use a mouth guard until it is too late. Many chipped teeth, root canals, and extractions could have been prevented if a mouth guard had been used. Also, some guards can be used at night to prevent wear on teeth.
Although some think this trend looks cool, it can have many negative oral side effects. Cracked teeth, gum recession, choking, and oral infections are just a few problems often seen with oral piercings.
Your smile is one of the first things that people notice when they meet you. It gives you confidence and helps you feel your best. Dr. Barnes and his staff want you to keep that beautiful smile for a lifetime. Let us help you with all your dental needs!