July 22, 2015

5 tips on how to get the perfect smile


1. Rethink fizzy drinks

Just avoid soft drinks. They can have up to 16 teaspoons of sugar per 600 ml. Diet drinks create the same risk of tooth decay as regular soft drinks. The acid level is still so high, it’s so acidic, it still causes tooth erosion, enamel loss and puts you at the risk of tooth decay.

2. Tooth alignment

Orthodontics focused on children in the past, but now we know it’s never too late. The basic process involved in moving teeth is the same at any age. Many adults see dramatic improvement after successful treatment. Appliances may include traditional braces, aesthetic braces, invisible aligners and removable plates.

3. Start early

As a parent it is important to institute oral cleaning practices, well before bringing a baby home.

Establishing early oral cleaning routines, even before the eruption of teeth. 

Also stopping thumb and dummy sucking before any permanent teeth erupt and only using milk and water in sippy cups.

4. Maintain a healthy mouth

Too much sugar is a fast track headed in the wrong direction. While many people experience intense sugar cravings, particularly during the notorious mid-afternoon circadian lag, plus women commonly report a spike in sugar cravings while pregnant and breastfeeding, the habitually satisfying these cravings may cause permanent damage to teeth.

Try low-sugar snacks including fruit, cheese, plain biscuits or yogurt – and always rinse with tap water and brush your teeth after a sugar hit.

5. Focus on holistic health

All bleaching means is that teeth are white – not that they’re healthy. People are often distinguished by a gap or feature in a tooth that’s unique to them but, it doesn’t mean there’s anything wrong.

The key to healthy teeth is to focus on the bigger picture.

It’s not just cleaning, it’s diet as well. The mouth is the gateway to human health. If you take something in that’s bad for your teeth, it’s bad for your body as well, like black cola. It affects the rest of your body, from gum disease through to heart disease.

Source: bodyandsoul.com