Maintaining good oral health throughout your life not only preserves the appearance of your smile it can also keep your overall health. Bleeding gums caused by periodontal disease can
permit bacteria from the mouth to enter the bloodstream and affect other body parts. A healthy smile is not forever achieved overnight, but different methods are required to create and maintain one. Keeping those teeth clean will help you stay healthy and look younger for longer.
Here are eight easy things you can do to help improve the appearance and health of your teeth. Ignore Foods and Drinks that Stain Teeth: Discoloration is the most common and visible
sign of aging teeth. Your tooth enamel thins with age and exposes more grayish or yellowish dentin below the surface, making you look older. In addition, exposed dentin is more susceptible
to staining. When trying to decide whether something will stain your teeth or not, remember this rule of thumb: “If it stains your carpet, it will stain your teeth.” In general, try to stay away from coffee, red wine, black sodas, and blackberries.
Floss Daily: Dental floss removes plaque between the teeth and out from under the gums where a toothbrush can’t reach. Daily dental floss helps prevent tooth decay and gingivitis. To use floss properly, wrap it tightly around your finger and insert it into the space between your teeth. Gently swipe it up and down under the gums two or three times. If bleeding occurs, it is most likely due to gingivitis or gum disease. When flossing daily, bleeding associated with mild to moderate gingivitis usually stops after about two weeks.
Closely Monitor Your Gums: Another telltale sign of aging is receding gums. Your bones naturally become less dense as your age, and reduced bone density in the jawbone can cause the gums to recede. Gum recession is a gradual process with many different causes, from gingivitis to years of forceful brushing. If you tend to have a bulky hand, try holding a traditional toothbrush with your fingertips or switch to an electric toothbrush. A softer touch will comfort keep your gums compact and strong.
Straighten Your Teeth: Over time, your teeth can slump and make you look older. Orthodontic appliances can help move teeth back to their original position, realign turned teeth, and improve dental problems such as crowding. Straightening your teeth also makes it. Secure to show the breadth of your smile, and nothing makes you look younger than a healthy, confident smile. If you are not comfortable getting braces as an adult, ask your dentist about Invisalign for a more subtle alternative.
Whiten Your Teeth: Multi-shade teeth whitening will also help you look years younger. The main thing is to choose the most suitable whitening procedure. If your teeth and gums are healthy, over-the-counter whitening products can help. If you have various fillings, sensitive teeth, or teeth that are not as strong as they used to be, it is best to have a professional teeth whitening procedure. Your dentist will make sure that you achieve the desired whitening results without damaging your teeth.
Swap out Old Fillings: Metal crowns or silver fillings are two classic marks of an aging smile. Fortunately, all you have to do to look younger is replace the old metal fillings with new ones. Today, most crowns have no metal, and tooth-colored fillings are better and more reliable than metal ones. Talk to your dentist about your options!
Consider Getting Veneers: If you are unhappy with many aspects of your smile, veneers are a great option. Veneers are thin pieces of porcelain that affix to your original teeth and can correct the shape, size, placement, and color of your teeth. Veneers can get expensive, but you’ll be happy with your bright, youthful smile for the next ten to twenty years.
Visit your Dentist: There are various things you can do on your own, but ultimately, your dentist will be able to guide you on what steps you can take to achieve that healthy smile. We advise our clients to visit us every six months to monitor their progress, ensure no complications occur and provide any special treatment where appropriate.Over-the-counter products can produce good results but are limited compared to the dentists’professional teeth whitening services. It’s an inexpensive, non-invasive, and quick way to get a
head start on healthy smiles.
At Narrogin Dental, we want you to look and feel your best at any age. With good dental hygiene, routine cleanings, and professional whitening treatment if you want to, you can fight the telltale signs of aging. To keep your gums healthy and your radiant smile, contact us at (08) 9881 1131 for an appointment! Our dentistry will make you feel right at home and provide you with a luxurious and anxiety-free dental experience.