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7 Steps to a Better Smile

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7 Steps to a Better Smile

It is not a big secret that a white smile is one of the attractive facets that can make anyone look younger than they really are. A research done by American Academy of Cosmetic Dentistry reveals that 96% believe that a person is more appealing when they possess an attractive smile.

Good dental health is just more than the looks. Since the mouth acts as the gateway to the rest of the body, the health of the teeth and gums plays a major role in impacting the overall health of the body. Certain steps will help not just maintain the health of these parts, but they would also improve the smile.

1. Brush regularly – Dental hygiene is largely based upon brushing, and it serves to eliminate any food particles in the mouth, freshen the breath, and clean the teeth. The fluoride toothpaste also helps improve the strength of the teeth. Dentists recommend to brush at least two minutes with a fluoride toothpaste in order to let it work its magic. It is the reason for most electric toothbrushes to have a default two-minute timer.

2. Floss daily – The bacteria that gets missed by brushing, as a result of getting in between the teeth, can be removed by flossing. It is recommended that flossing should be done twice a day in order to prevent occurrence of gum diseases.

3. Regular Dentist visits – It is recommended to get dental cleanings done by your dentist regularly. Visiting the dentist at least once every six months helps spot early symptoms of gum disease. Early detection can be immensely helpful in a quick recovery. Those who are prone to cavities must consider visiting the dentist once every four months.

4. Healthy diet – Diet often plays a role in helping improve the strength of the teeth. Intake of calcium rich foods will not only help improve the condition of the teeth, but that of bones too. Gum health can be improved by intake of vitamin C.

5. Avoid Smoking – Journal of Periodontology says that gum disease is likely to affect people who smoke regularly, and they are more than four times likely to be affected by the problem than non-smokers. Smoking also increases the chances of oral cancer apart from contributing towards bad breath.

6.Whiten Teeth – Teeth whitening may predominantly be considered as a cosmetic exercise, but today’s products are extremely safe when done under the care and supervision of a dentist. Whitening products that are available over-the-counter are only effective for removing minor stains; one has to go for professional whitening products in order to remove severe stains.

7.Other Cosmetic Options – Since the smile plays an important role in making an impression, it is recommended to undergo cosmetic enhancements in order to fix various issues. Cosmetic dentistry’s incredible rise over the last few years means that everything from stained, crooked, or even oddly shaped teeth can be corrected and improved. Straightening the teeth is also possible through orthodontics.

Cosmetic dentistry does not come under insurance cover; it makes a lot of sense to opt for an experienced cosmetic dentist before undergoing any cosmetic procedure.

Why is Teeth Whitening so popular today?

imagesTeeth whitening is popular for lots of reasons. The most obvious? Having a naturally whiter smile makes you feel great and it is aesthetically pleasing to others. It helps you improve your appearance, enhance your self-esteem and confidence and makes a great impression on others. Tooth whitening is also an easy and more inexpensive procedure to undergo than many other forms of cosmetic dentistry. So, considering cost, results and satisfaction, tooth whitening is one of the most popular cosmetic procedures in the world.

A quick glimpse at history shows that the desire to have white teeth has been around long before the arrival of seductive Hollywood smiles and billion-dollar bleaching campaigns.

People have actually been whitening their teeth for thousands of years. Ancient Egyptians used a cream made from oxen hooves mixed with burned eggshell, pumice and water to whiten their teeth. Upper-class Romans added expensive imported urine to their teeth whitening mix (unaware that it was the ammonia molecules that were whitening their teeth). The Greeks had formulations, as did the Europeans who were putting compounds on their teeth in a conscious effort to whiten them during the Renaissance. Unfortunately, those compounds were essentially the equivalent of today’s Clorox & ate the enamel away on the teeth. They had whiter teeth for a while, but then they started to see severe decay.

In contrast to previous  teeth whitening methods, today’s treatments are much safer and produce great results – with far less damaging side effects.

Cosmetic Dentistry Today

Dentist Jupiter FloridaWith the constant media coverage of celebrities, many Jupiter area dental patients are interested in having a smile like the stars. With an experienced dentist and the right smile makeover procedures, anyone can have a smile they want to show off.

Many smile makeovers include teeth whitening. There are a variety of ways this can be done. Most drugstores sell over-the-counter whitening strips and gels. Your general dentist can recommend an effective one, or he or she may offer in-office bleaching. This is a quick way to see whiter teeth in less than an hour.

For missing teeth, most cosmetic dentists will recommend a dental implant. Because a dental implant is anchored into the jawbone, it looks and feels just like a natural tooth. A dental implant prevents jawbone recession and the shifting of adjacent teeth.

Dental veneers are especially popular in the Jupiter area. They cover the front of the teeth and are custom-made for each individual patient. These are useful for dental patients who have broken or chipped teeth, stained teeth, or gaps between teeth that they would like to hide.

Enamel shaping, bonding, and braces are other successful treatments that can be used to help your teeth look their best.

I’m Dr. Jeff Riso, DDS  and Dr. James A. Guzauskas, DDS  trusted Jupiter dentists. If you are looking for quality dental care, I hope you’ll give us a call at (561) 743-8877.

We offer cosmetic dentistry, dental implants, porcelain veneers, and dental crowns.