One of the best ways to get a beautiful, healthy smile is to brush at least twice a day, remember to floss and rinse with a fluoride mouth rinse. But what else can you do to improve the health and appearance of your teeth? Never fear, Seattle: Here are Wildwood Dental’s 10 best resolutions for a healthier smile in 2014!
Make an Appointment
When was your last dental check-up? You should see your dentist and have your teeth cleaned at least twice a year. This not only cleans teeth of tartar and plaque, but allows for early detection of problems that can ruin a great smile.
Happiness and exercise are both linked with a boost to the immune system and with the release of endorphins. Exercise increases energy, gives you a sense of accomplishment when personal fitness goals are met and instills a sense of pride with an improved physical appearance. That’s something to smile about!
Eat Healthy Foods
An apple a day keeps cavities away. A balanced diet is the best way to make a healthier you and that includes improving your smile. You can help prevent tooth decay by eating lots of fruits, vegetables, whole grains, low-fat dairy products and lean proteins. Don’t forget to cut back on the sugary drinks and snacks!
Stop Biting Nails
Nail biting not only wreaks havoc on your manicure, but can destroy a beautiful smile. According to the Academy of General Dentistry, nail biting can crack, chip or wear down front teeth.
Smoking and tobacco products can ruin your smile by giving you bad breath, stained teeth, difficulties in correcting cosmetic dental problems, gum disease and oral cancer.
Improve your smile by smiling more. Watch a funny movie, see a comedian or laugh about memories with an old friend!
Chew More Gum
It’s true! Chewing gum can improve your smile, provided it is sugar-free. According to the ADA, research shows that chewing sugarless gum for 20 minutes following meals can help prevent tooth decay.
Try Professional Whitening
Applying whitening products to teeth can make a dramatic difference to your smile. There are many good over-the-counter products available, but to truly get teeth whiter, you may consider speaking to your dentist about having teeth professionally whitened. Wildwood Dental offers Zoom Whitening to patients which can get teeth up to 8 shades whiter.
Avoid Drinks that Stain
Coffee, tea and red wine are the main culprits when it comes to staining teeth. If possible try to avoid these drinks. If you can’t give up your morning coffee or tea or want to have a glass of red wine with dinner, then try a product like Wine Wipes to minimize the staining of teeth. At the very least, rinse your mouth with water after consuming these drinks.
Choose Your Lip Color
Using lipstick can help improve the look of teeth. Choose shades in rich reds, berry colors, pinks with a cool tint, or nude colors. Avoid lip shades that are bright orange or reds with warm undertones as they can accentuate teeth stains.
Wildwood Dental hopes these resolutions improve your smile in 2014! Do you have another resolution or a creative way to achieve your goals in 2014? Share it with us!