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5 Ways to Get and Maintain a Killer Smile

  

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When you meet someone, what’s the first thing you notice, their eyes, hair, or jawline? In a survey, most people admitted they noticed the eyes first, but a person’s smile was what attracted them the most. How confident are you about your smile?

You can win people over with a nice smile; whether on a date or as a sales person. Although a killer smile isn’t achieved overnight, the good news is it can be done. However, it requires some work and commitment on your teeth.

Here are 5 easy ways to improve the appearance and health of your teeth.

1. Floss every day

Flossing gets rid of plaque between your teeth and beneath the gum-lines where it’s impossible to reach with a toothbrush. Flossing daily helps avert a tooth decay and gingivitis. If you ignore them, plaque and tartar accumulate under the gum-lines and cause periodontal disease leading to bone damage and tooth loss.

To floss effectively, wrap the floss securely around your finger and place in the space between the teeth. Slide it up and down gradually under the gum-line 2-3 times. Be careful, if you notice bleeding, it’s probably due to gingivitis or gum disease. If you floss every day, the bleeding connected with minor to moderate gingivitis will stop after about 2 weeks.

2. See your dentist twice a year

Many people don’t visit a dentist until it is too late. Some end up losing their teeth, reducing chances of a nice smile. According to the chief dentist at TigerSmileDental.com in L.A everybody should see a dentist for check-up at least twice a year. Having a routine cleaning appointment every six months helps cultivate good oral health and a lovely smile.

When your check-up and cleaning are irregular, you are susceptible to periodontal disease. This cause swelling and receding gums. It has also been linked to heart attacks, strokes and obesity.

3. Stop smoking

It is no news smoking stains the teeth. The stain it causes may be superficial and can be polished off, but in some situations, it seeps deep into the enamel. Smoking damages healthy gums, causing them to diminish and develop deep pockets around the teeth. Pockets have the effect of making the teeth appear longer and with dark spaces in between. Smoking also makes it harder to reverse gum disease.

4. Reduce the quantity of coffee, tea and red wine

Beverages like coffee, tea, and red wine are responsible for stained teeth. Like smoking, these drinks accumulate a temporary stain which can be removed by a dentist or hygienist. But there is a risk of staining the internal enamel if it goes on for too long.

You can curtail this by drinking with a straw, which limits direct contact with the teeth. You can also prevent teeth stains by rinsing your mouth regularly with water so the dark liquid doesn’t remain on your teeth.

5. Select your whitening products carefully

There are a number of whitening product available such as gel pens, rinses, tooth pastes. Strips and so on. It is important for you to select what is most suitable for you. Seek advice from your dentist before you purchase any product over the counter.

Laser whitening is a good option too, however, ensure your decisions are well-informed by a professional.

With these in place and adequate teeth care, you are closer to a killer smile.

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