Summer is here which means parties, graduations, weddings, anniversaries, picnics and more. Many of our patients come in and ask us how they can prepare their teeth for upcoming events. Whether you are in a weddings and will be the shinning star, or supporting a loved one with the upcoming event, we can help. We compiled a list of our most recommend advice for maintaining a great smile.
Brushing and flossing are the best way to maintain great oral health.Try to brush at least twice a day, and if you can after meals. If you can’t brush immediately after eating, be sure to drink plenty of water to help wash away any lingering food particles. If you have any questions about the affects certain foods may have on the health of your teeth, just ask Dr. Beadnell during your next appointment. Remember, while the big events that come and go, a healthy smile lasts the entire year.
Choose Good Nutrition
Good nutrition will help your teeth. Many people associate eating healthy foods with a healthy body but most don’t think about the effects food have on their oral health. Choosing foods that are fiber rich and calcium dense will help your overall health including your beautiful smile.
Whiten Your Teeth
Whitening is a bleaching process that gently lightens stained or discolored teeth. Whitening uses a safe and effective gel designed to produce oxygen when in contact with the surface of the teeth. The outer layer of each tooth, called the enamel, contains pores that can hold stains. The whitening process virtually erases stains and brightens your teeth, without damaging your enamel or your gums.
Avoid Sugary Foods
The food you choose to eat not only determines whether you can still fit into that wedding dress or graduation gown, but it also determines the health of your teeth and gums. Most dentists are concerned about the sugar intake of American’s. Soft drinks, sweetened fruit beverages, and other less than healthy snack choices all have little to no nutritional value, while containing high levels of sugar that can reek havoc on your oral health. If you are planning a big event, just as your doctor would recommend we suggest limit or avoid sugary foods. You will feel better, even less bloated and you will be able to reduce your likelihood of getting cavities.
Remember that I, Dr. Beadnell, and my staff are highly professional people at our SW Portland dental office who have your best interest at heart. We are here to help you and improve your health!