The Secret Value of a Great Smile

What’s a healthy smile worth? It’s priceless! There are endless benefits to keeping your smile
healthy, from simple aesthetics to increased confidence and overall health. Looking and feeling
your best is simply one of those things you can’t put a price tag on.
A Beautiful Smile: The Key to Confidence
Confidence is a light that shines from the inside. And we feel most confident in ourselves when
we feel good about our smile. After all, when people first meet us, their first impression is of our
smile. It' show we establish trust and a friendly rapport. So keep those teeth healthy and smiles
bright!
A Healthy Smile: The Key to Whole Body Wellness
By making your oral health a priority, you benefit your overall health, helping to prevent more
serious issues such as heart problems and infections. Bacteria that gets into the bloodstream
through diseased gums can cause issues like increased risk of lung infections or bacterial
infections in the heart. See our blog post “Tips for a Healthier You – Starting with Your Mouth”
for more information about the connection between oral and overall health.
The more you care for your teeth, the longer they are likely to stay. By improving the longevity
of your smile, you cut down on the long-term cost of treatment, keep the functionality of your
teeth, and increase agelessness.
So, what are some of the best ways to maintain a healthy smile for life?
Consistent Daily Routine: The importance of brushing and flossing cannot be overstated.
Dental professionals advise that adults and children alike brush their teeth for two minutes,
twice a day. Fluoride toothpaste is recommended because fluoride helps to prevent tooth decay
and cavities, helping to rebuild weakened tooth enamel. When you brush, be sure to pay special
attention to the unseen, hard-to-reach areas, such as the back of teeth and back corners of the
mouth. See our post “Are you brushing correctly?” to brush up on your technique.
Flossing is just as important as brushing when it comes to maintaining healthy teeth and gums.
Dentists recommend that patients floss at least once a day in order to remove harmful bacteria
from between the teeth and gums. When left unchecked, bacteria by the gum line can cause
inflammation, gingivitis, and periodontal disease. By flossing daily, you reduce your long-term
risk of excessive tooth decay, tooth loss, and future health complications. To learn more about
flossing, check out our post “To Floss Or Not To Floss… That is the question.”
Eat For Your Teeth: Your teeth help you eat, but what you eat can also help your teeth! By
eating a healthy, balanced diet full of whole foods, vitamins, and minerals, you can keep your
smile sparkling. Foods that are rich in vitamins and require a lot of chewing, like fresh fruits and vegetables, help keep teeth strong while increasing saliva production. Foods that are rich in calcium, such as milk, yogurt, and cheese help to rebuild tooth enamel. For a whole list of foods that promote a healthy mouth, see our post “Top 10 Healthy Foods For Oral Health.”
Stress Less:  It’s easier to say than to execute, but reducing stress in your life can help you to
maintain a healthy mouth. High amounts of stress over a long period of time can contribute to
dental problems, such as wear and tear of the surface of the tooth and jaw problems. For more
information see our post “How Stress Can Affect Your Oral Health.”
Make an Appointment: Make sure you’re seeing your dentist regularly. It’s recommended that
you visit your dental health professional at least twice a year for a cleaning and check up. By
staying consistent with your visits, you will be able to catch any minor problems before they
become major problems, which will save you time and money, and help keep you pain-free..