A New Year – A New Smile
A lot of people have taken the time to think about their New Year’s resolutions. Exercising more, eating better, spending more time with the family, cleaning out the basement, watch less TV – the list goes on. But have you considered adding the well-being of your smile to your resolution list? Alabama Family Dentistry, serving patients throughout the central Alabama area, believes that 2016 is going to be an exceptional year to take better care of your smile. And the added bonus is that a healthy mouth contributes to your overall health too! We share the basics for sustaining a super smile in 2016 as well as improved health and self confidence.
Your Smile Health Basics
Keep your regularly scheduled dental appointments. Not only do twice yearly regular cleanings keep your teeth shiny and gums hygienic, it gives our dentists at our one of our 4 offices in Birmingham, Gardendale, Warrior and Sumiton more opportunities to monitor your oral health. Annual exams help us catch problems before they get to the point where expensive repair and restoration is required. Your natural smile will last longer with preventative services
Be committed to your oral hygiene routine. One of the first things a person notices about you is your smile, and you are dependent on your mouth and teeth to chew, drink and talk. However, research has shown that mouth, teeth and gum health is related to the health of your body, and bacteria from gum disease can directly enter your bloodstream. In fact, periodontal (gum) disease has been linked to everything from tooth loss, to strokes or heart attacks, to cancers, to diabetes, and even to low birth weight babies. Rinse, brush and floss every day.
Focus on carefully choosing what you eat and drink. Avoid foods with added sugars and white bleached starches, as well as candy and highly acidic foods; and sugary drinks such as sports drinks, sodas and sweet tea (yes sorry). Instead, select foods and drinks that both protect and support your tooth enamel rather contributing to erosion. These include cheese, green or white tea, coconut water, chicken or other lean meats, and nuts. The addition of crunchy fruits and vegetables such as celery, carrots, apples and pears, is also beneficial because they stimulate the flow of saliva, which in turn washes away food particles and lessens the effect of sugars. Sugar-free gum made with xylitol is also a cavity fighter.
Consider treating your smile to cosmetic dentistry. If your teeth are healthy but their appearance makes you self-conscious your may want to schedule an appointment to discuss options such as Zoom!Whitening, porcelain veneers, bonding, or crowns to perfect and balance your smile. We can repair chipped, broken, or worn teeth to their original size, beauty, and strength; whiten even the most stained teeth, straighten crooked, gapped, or overlapped teeth; enhance tooth size, shape, color, length, and width; even balance your bite. In other words, cosmetic dentistry can do almost anything you need to make your smile look absolutely perfect, young, and brilliant.
Having a bright, beautiful, healthy smile share with everyone you come into contact with is a positive way to start the new year. Do you have questions about what cosmetic dentistry option might be right for you, or need to schedule your first exam and cleaning of the year? Call one of our 4 dental offices in the central Birmingham area. We’re always glad to help you start every day with a smile.