Did you know that you are twice as likely to be hired for a job over your competition if you have straighter teeth? That’s just one benefit of making a change to your smile, and there are many ways to do it! Do you want straighter teeth? Whiter teeth? Want to fix a chip or a single tooth that is the wrong way? You can! Find out what small changes that you can make to your smile that make a big difference to your confidence and appearance!
Common Issues with the Teeth and Gums
Did you know that tooth decay and gum disease are some of the most common “chronic diseases” Americans face today? Over 64.7 million Americans—which is only including the adults—have some form of gum disease. Millions more have tooth decay, which you know by the name “cavities”. Those issues come straight from what you are eating and how well you are caring for your teeth. There are dentists all over the United States and plenty of oral health tools to help your smile be beautiful instead of damaged.
How does your smile become damaged due to dental decay? It’s generally through your own day-to-day actions that your smile will take a hit. There are various—and to be honest easy—guidelines the American Dental Association has to help you keep a beautiful smile. Those who don’t follow those simple steps will find themselves with a smile that has decay, possible gum disease, bad breath, discoloration, thinning and more. So yes, your smile can become “ugly” without good oral hygiene.
Good Oral Hygiene
Want to avoid an unsightly smile? Follow these easy steps:
- Brush your teeth every single day, at least twice a day, if not after every meal. This is because with each meal, sugar is introduced to your mouth. Sugar mixes with that bacteria, your mouth creates plaque and your teeth can decay. However, if you brush your teeth for at least 2 minutes every time, you buff and polish them, removing all traces of decaying, acidic plaque. Make sure to use fluoride toothpaste (which strengthens the teeth) and to brush before bed.
- Floss your teeth. This step is often overlooked by so many people, when it is just about as important as brushing. Flossing reaches about 40% of your tooth surfaces that brushing simply can’t get to. If you skip it, all that surface area can decay. Nobody wants black, decayed bits between their teeth! Floss 1-2 times a day (especially at night), using new floss each time. Floss up into your gum line and scrape the teeth gently as you go.
- Visit your dentist. This is the only time that a dentist can spot small cavities before they decay even more of your teeth. Those are easy to fix. Gum issues can be found long before gum disease sets in. Even oral cancer can be found with a quick exam. Visit the dentist at least twice a
How Important Is Your Smile?
You do all that daily work and it’s not wasted. You have two sets of teeth during your lifetime. However, your baby set of teeth fall out as soon as you start growing a bit more. From about age 12 and on, all of your teeth are likely permanent teeth. That means you have to last many decades with the same set of teeth without letting them decay. If not, you simply won’t have teeth.
Your smile is vital to making an impression on others and even yourself. Everytime you open your mouth you see your smile. You use your teeth every time you eat and even drink. The structure of your face is held together by your jawbones and teeth that create the natural facial shape. Without your teeth, your cheeks would be sunken in, as would the space below your nose and above your chin.
A smile says a lot about yourself as well. When other see that you have a great, healthy smile, they can infer that you take care of other parts of your health as well. Studies actually show that your oral health is an indication of your overall health. Many chronic conditions such as heart disease and diabetes are linked to your oral health. When a chronic condition worsens, so does your oral health and vice versa. If you keep your oral health good through good oral hygiene, you can stop many complications of other health issues. You avoid illness more easily, you keep away lots of bad mouth bacteria and your teeth just plain look better.
Benefits of a Beautiful Smile
With a smile, appearance can be everything. Studies show that others make an overall impression of who you are within 3 seconds of meeting you. That impression can stick with them forever, so it’s important to make a good one. Studies show that people who have a straighter, healthier smile are often perceived as healthier, wealthier and more attractive. They are more likely to get a date and to even land a job over someone that has a crooked or unhealthy smile. Up to 73% of people would even trust someone more over a second person if the first had a healthy smile.
Studies about smiles have been done over and over with very similar results. Truly, a beautiful smile really can make a difference in how you are perceived. If your smile isn’t quite there yet, all is not lost. There are many different services you can get to make your smile healthier and more beautiful. We have both services to help treat oral health diseases and cosmetic ones to whiten and fix your smile. Call Dr. Evanson’s office today at (720) 409-0008 to see what we can do for your smile!Leave a reply →