The truth about smile care

The-truth-about-smile-careFor one reason or another, good oral hygiene habits aren’t quite as common place in the US as they probably should be – and certainly not as commonplace as they could be.

Sure, every now and again you’ll come across someone that is almost fanatical about taking care of their smile, making sure that it is Hollywood white and perfectly aligned, but the overwhelming majority of people out there are just going through the motions of brushing their teeth once a day bright and early in the morning and then calling it good.

This is a major mistake, and one that you simply cannot afford to make any longer if you want your smile to really sparkle.

Thankfully, it’s a lot easier to triage your smile care and get back on track the right way so that you too have a brilliant white smile in no time at all – one free of gum disease, cavities, and all kinds of other dental health issues.

Shall we jump right in?

Take the time to brush your teeth right twice a day

It’s going to be absolutely impossible to maintain a brilliant white smile if you aren’t brushing your teeth the right way at least twice a day.

Most people simply stuff their toothbrush with a little bit of toothpaste in their mouth and give it the old “once over” in the morning (and maybe once again at night if they aren’t too tired), but not you. No, you know that you need to spend at least two minutes brushing your teeth with a soft bristles and a quality toothpaste at least twice a day – but never closer than 30 minutes away from the last time that you ate.

This alone will definitely upgrade your smile faster than you ever thought possible.

Fall in love with fluoride infused toothpaste

Even though there was some pretty bad press in the early 2000’s in regards to fluoride, more and more dentists have come around to the fact that it is a critical component of modern dental care, and a big piece of the puzzle when it comes to keeping your smile happy and healthy.

You’re going to want to think about going with a fluoride infused toothpaste if you’d like to boost the strength of your tooth enamel and dramatically reduce the rate of decay that you may be dealing with.

Poke around with floss

Some people absolutely love flossing their teeth, while others cannot be bothered – but you’re going to want to fall squarely in that first group if you want your smile to stay beautiful.

If you aren’t crazy about the idea of stuffing a little piece of string between each and every one of your teeth with nothing more than your fingers every morning (and especially every night), you might want to get your hands on floss sticks.

These tiny little sticks make the job a lot more palatable foremost, and a lot more convenient!

Kick acid to the curb

Acidic foods and drinks wreak absolute havoc on your teeth, and do their very best to melt away to have enamel until you have cavities that compromise the very structure of your smile.

The best way to limit the damage that acidic foods and drinks are going to be able to do to your smile is to cut back on them as much as you can. Eliminating them entirely probably isn’t all that reasonable (who could go without juice for the rest of their days?), but you’re going to want to do your best to try and really cut down on your acidic intake.

Try not to tax your teeth too much

For a bunch of different reasons, people like to use their teeth for pretty much anything and everything they can think of – instead of just using their teeth to chew!

You’ll want to do whatever you can to cut back on using your teeth like a caveman bottle opener, if for no other reason than to simply avoid the kind of accidental damage that using your teeth as a multi tool can cause. Even though teeth feel pretty rock solid, they are actually quite soft, and once you crack them there a real nightmare to repair.

Schedule dental checkups at least once a year

At the end of the day, you’re going to want to try and schedule dental checkups with a dentist that you trust at least once a year – and maybe even once every six months if you’re really hoping to keep your smile on track.

Most people aren’t all that crazy about visiting the dentist in the first place, but these professionals are going to be able to make sure that you are doing everything in your power to enjoy a brilliant white smile, and only they’ll be able to point you in the right direction if you need to head off a serious dental issue before it becomes a nightmare situation.

How to choose the perfect dentist to upgrade your smile

How-to-choose-the-perfect-dentist-to-upgrade-your-smileSearching for a new dentist isn’t all that much different than searching for your soulmate.

Sure, there are obvious differences on the surface – the odds are pretty good that you won’t be spending too many late nights with your dentist, after all – but when you really think about it, your choice of dentist is going to almost always lock you into a long-term relationship.

And if you want that relationship to be beneficial (for both of you), and to move forward through the years as smoothly and as effortlessly as possible, you’re really going to need to take some time to make sure that you are working with the best of the best around.

Unfortunately, most of us don’t really take the time to find the perfect dentist (which shouldn’t be all that surprising – most of us don’t take the time to find the perfect soul mate, either!). But if you want to make sure that you aren’t making any mistakes this time around, hopefully we’ll be able to point you in the right direction and give you a little bit of inside information into what you should be looking for from the very perfect dentist to upgrade your smile.

What kind of dentist are you hunting for, anyway?

There’s a world of difference between trying to find a long-term world healthcare provider and a dental specialist, so you’ll need to get square about exactly which kind of dentist you’re looking to work with in the first place before you even think about starting the search process.

Long-term oral healthcare partners are a lot like general practitioners. These are the kinds of dentists that you’re going to be visiting for your regular checkups, as well as the kind of dentists that you’re going to visit first when you’re dealing with a dental health issue.

Specialists, the other hand, are just like specialists in the medical field. These are the dental experts that your long-term oral health care partner is going to point you in the direction of when you need specialized care. These are the kinds of professionals that are going to help you to continue to enjoy a picture-perfect smile, but they’re also the kinds of professionals that will help rebuild or overhaul your smile if necessary.

Once you know which kind of dentist you’re looking for, you’ll be able to start looking into different details like:

  • What kind of office hours they have and whether or not they are going to fit your day to day schedule
  • Whether or not their office is centrally located or easy to get to
  • Whether or not they provide emergency services outside of traditional dental office hours
  • The kind of education and training that they have received or continue to receive
  • The kinds of financing options that they make available

… And that’s just the tip of the iceberg!

A dentist’s professional reputation is absolutely everything

Anytime you’re talking about moving forward with a professional service, you have to understand that you aren’t going to be able to objectively determine whether or not someone really is the best of the bunch until AFTER you’ve actually received the service itself.

This puts you in a sticky situation.

After all, no one wants to be misled into believing that they’re working with the best dental professional in their area before their dental work is performed, only to find out that nothing could be further from the truth.

Sadly, it happens all too often – and a lot of it has to do with the fact that people just aren’t investigating a dentist’s professional reputation as thoroughly or as in-depth as they probably should be. This is crazy, considering the fact that we all have access to the web and can quickly research pretty much any professional in record time and understand exactly what they’re all about and what their community relationship is before moving forward.

Of course, if you know anyone in your social circle (your friends, your family members, or your coworkers) that have worked with a particular dentist in the past that you are interested in you have to ask them about their experience. They’ll be able to provide you with an unbiased and honest inside information that you never would have had access to otherwise.

Remember, these are the people that care most about you and not the bottom line of their business. They are going to be interested in pointing you in the right direction, as opposed to trying to convince you that their dental services are the best of the best without ever really backing it up.

Take 15 or 20 minutes a night for about a week or so and look into all of the different dentists available in your area. The odds are good that you’ll find one with a sterling silver reputation that sticks out from the rest of the pack – that’s the office to move forward with!