It is the small things that we do day in and day out that affect the quality of our lives in the long run. Getting enough sleep, eating health, daily exercise and so many other healthy habits that if developed while we are young, keep our bodies in the best possible shape.
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One of those small things is brushing your teeth twice daily and flossing every night. It is vital to our health and most people don't even know it. Brushing our teeth twice daily is not just for a white smile but for health as periodontal disease range from simple gum inflammation to serious disease that results in major damage to the soft tissue and bone that support the teeth. In the worst cases, teeth are lost. Read on as professionals weigh in on how, when and what methods to use for that bright, happy smile.
Brushing (morning and night) and flossing (nightly) are vital to preserve your smile. Many people don't understand correct brushing technique, says Nancy Newhouse, a periodontist in Independence, Missouri, and president of the American Academy of Periodontist. “Hold your brush at a 45-degree angle to your teeth, so the bristles can reach under the gum line and remove plaque (a colorless film of bacteria that coats teeth). Brush for two minutes, and don't forget the backs of teeth.” She also stated. “Flossing daily is as important as brushing. Grip the floss in a “C” shape, pulling it firmly to scrape off plaque and reach gently under the gum line.”
Sometime our smile is not a bright and white as we would wish, there are many factors to why our teeth get stained, but they don't have to stay that way. Another Doctor adds to our conversation on a healthy smile by telling us about the stains that can happen to our teeth.
Surface stains are usually caused by coffee, tea, wine or tobacco, while deeper stains are often due to medications, injury or infection. Depending on the type and degree of staining, some people get good results from store-bought whitening products. “Be sure products are ADA-approved, and always follow the manufacturer's instructions—overuse of whiteners can damage tooth enamel and underlying dentin,” says William DeVizio, DMD, a licensed dentist and vice president of dental clinical research at Colgate-Palmolive. Professional whitening treatments at your dentist's office can be pricey, but the results are often more impressive and can last up to 3 years.
Hope this opens up the sweet white possibilities for a great smile. We love to hear from our readers, let us know what topics you want more information on.
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