Sunday, 10 May 2015

Tips to Make Your Smile Sparkle

Having a sparkling smile is so important these days. A smile makes you more approachable, it makes you more inviting and can help people warm to you whether in your social life or working environment. A study has shown that managers and supervisors that smile ensure a happy and productive workforce.

There are thousands of people around the world who are conscious about their smiles. So many people won’t smile and show their teeth, making their smile look more like a grimace than a smile. There are ways you can make your smile sparkle, according to leading dentist and specialist oral surgeon, Dr Tariq Drabu.

The first thing you should be doing to improve your oral health is flossing. Everyone should floss at least once a day. Dental floss ensures you remove plaque and debris in hard to reach places that your toothbrush doesn’t cover. Floss is also important to eliminate the risk of gum disease.

Dr Tariq Drabu advised that gum disease is a serious concern on a global scale. Gum disease can lead to swollen gums, bad breath and bleeding. Ignoring gingivitis can also result in periodontal disease, which is a bacterial gum disease. Ignoring periodontal disease can result in tooth loss.

In order to make your smile sparkle, you should also ensure you eat plenty of foods which include calcium. Calcium is imperative throughout your life to promote healthy teeth and bones. Milk, yoghurt and cheese are all brimming in calcium. You can also consider taking a calcium supplement to ensure healthy and strong teeth at all times.

Always ensure you eat a well-balanced diet. Add plenty of crunchy fruits and vegetables to your diet. Eating crunchy foods promotes saliva production, according to Dr Tariq Drabu. Saliva is alkaline and helps protect your teeth, this is why people who suffer from dry mouth often also suffer with tooth decay.

Reduce your sugar intake. Sugar is damaging to your teeth. What most people don’t realise is that energy drinks and even fruit juices are brimming with sugars. If you want to drink a fruit juice, consider drinking from a straw to reduce the risk of the liquid getting to your teeth.

Dr Tariq Drabu also recommends that those who want to make their smile sparkle should stop smoking. Smoking causes discolouration on the teeth. In fact smoking can yellow the teeth quickly and it can be difficult to return your teeth to their natural colour. Many people who have smoked in the past or are wary of their discoloured teeth use tooth whitening procedures to lighten their teeth by a shade or two.

Tooth whitening is one of the most popular options to promote a sparkling smile. Dr Tariq Drabu advised that it is important to have your tooth whitening carried out by a dental professional. Over the counter whitening kits can cause long term damage to teeth and can also result in your teeth not all whitening at the same level, which means some teeth may be lighter than others.

With professional tooth whitening, the dentist manages the procedure, ensuring that the product is used safely and accurately to promote lighter coloured teeth that you can be proud of.

To have a sparkling smile, you should also ensure you visit your dentist on a regular basis. Routine dental appointments are imperative to your oral health. Many people feel that it is a waste of their time, but during the appointment, your dentist will check your teeth, gums and mouth, identifying any problems and putting a treatment plan in place.

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