Invest in an Electric Toothbrush
“Brush smarter, not harder” is a common phrase we use in our office with our patients. Brushing too hard can cause sensitivity and break down enamel. To avoid this, invest in an electric or soft tooth brush to get the same results in a more comfortable way.
Professional Teeth Whitening
There are a variety of options today when it comes to teeth whitening. Lower concentrated products can be found at your local drug store and the higher concentrated products are typically found at your dentist’s office. To get the most bang for your buck, professional teeth whitening systems from your dentist are a great choice and often show results quickly with a professional available for any questions. Atlanta Smiles and Wellness has a few options, whether it is in-office or take-home. To see what best works for you, contact your dentist to inquire about their options as well.
Sip with a straw
This is a technique that some people favor! When drinking coffee, tea, soda or even red wine, try to sip through a straw to avoid staining your teeth. By avoiding the extra dye or additives, this is simple yet powerful method to maintain your beautiful smile. (If you aren’t willing to use a straw, brushing after consuming will also help reduce its effect.)
Some bottled water contains fluoride and some does not, so make sure you are getting a sufficient amount of fluoride to prevent tooth decay and promote oral health.
If you wake up in the morning with jaw pain or notice that you may be clenching and grinding your teeth at night, you may want to look into wearing a night guard. Your jaw constricts with age, which in turn causes your teeth to shift. A night guard will protect your teeth from wear and tear as well as help your jaw muscles relax.
SPF Lip Balm
Protect your lips! They get dry in the winter and burned in the summer, so protect your lips all year round with at least an SPF 15.
I know this one is easier said than done. Just remember to floss the teeth you want to keep...I hope you are flossing all of them!
No Crunching Ice
Crunching ice causes more breaks and fractures that you would imagine. Try to avoid eating ice, and if you must, let them melt a little first.
Keep Up With Cleanings and Exams
Even if you are in the percentile of great oral hygiene, keeping up with your regular dental cleaning and exams is important and can prevent heart disease by decreasing bacteria and inflammation. Taking a proactive approach will inevitably have its benefits.
Last, but definitely not least, keeping a healthy lifestyle has too many benefits to name – including a better smile. Exercising and eating well (stay away from sugar at all costs!) improves your overall health and wellness.
Atlanta Smiles and Wellness
4405 Northside Pkwy., Ste. 110
Atlanta, GA 30327
Atlanta Smiles and Wellness is a family-oriented practice with expertise in cosmetic dentistry. As a state-of-the-art facility, they are equipped with digital x-rays, intra-oral cameras, diagnostic lasers and Zoom!™ - the latest tooth whitening technique. The office is located in the Post Riverside complex in Vinings.