In our image-centered society where people judge one another by selfies posted on social media, appearances carry a lot of weight. This is why, if you have poor oral health and problems with your teeth, it can severely affect your self-confidence and your ability to enjoy a healthy social life.
The Value of a Radiant Smile
It has been demonstrated that people who smile more often tend to feel better about life in general, and often achieve more success and satisfaction in their lives, both socially and professionally. They are praised more often by their peers, and people gravitate toward them. They often get what they want in life because they have the confidence to speak up and ask for it. This is because a radiant, healthy smile is like a passport that convinces people to grant you access to their social or professional sphere. So, if you’re holding back from smiling because you may have problems with your teeth or oral health, this can really impair your ability to take full advantage of social and professional opportunities.
Nothing makes a more impactful first impression than a radiant smile. Keep yours healthy and attractive by observing a healthy diet with plenty of fresh fruits and vegetables instead of sugary sweets, practicing good oral hygiene at home by brushing and flossing regularly, and visiting your dentist for routine oral checkups once yearly and professional cleaning at least twice a year. If your smile needs a quick little pick-me-up, consider a tooth whitening treatment.
Tooth Whitening Treatments Enhance Your Smile and Confidence
If you are embarrassed by stains on your teeth, or discoloration or yellowing of the teeth, caused by aging, or by such habits as smoking, drinking coffee or tea daily, consuming wine or other alcoholic beverages, or eating lots of candy and sweets, this can be easily addressed with a simple tooth-whitening treatment. You can try an over-the-counter at-home treatment for a quick and inexpensive improvement, or visit your dentist for a professional tooth whitening treatment that will provide far more dramatic and lasting results.
Keep Your Breath Fresh
Nothing can hijack a conversation like that moment when someone discovers that you have bad breath. It makes people pull back from the conversation and keep their distance from you. If you suffer from any oral health condition that causes you to have bad breath, this is probably affecting your ability to enjoy social situations, as well as your ability to speak up and express yourself confidently in your work environment.
Correct Orthodontic Problems
If your embarrassment is due to crooked teeth, teeth that stick out, gaps between your teeth, or problems with your bite, where the upper and lower teeth don’t meet properly, you might need an orthodontic treatment. A good orthodontic treatment can restore your confidence by addressing these concerns while also enhancing your eating and speaking functions by properly aligning the teeth. Studies have shown that orthodontic patients experience a dramatic increase in self-confidence and tend to engage more than previously in social events after completing orthodontic treatment.
Healthy Habits Build a Healthy Smile
The best way to keep your smile healthy and radiant is by following a healthy oral hygiene routine, and by staying on top of your regular dental checkups and getting your teeth professionally cleaned at least two times yearly. Below is a list of habits you must develop in order to keep your smile healthy and attractive.
- Brush Twice a Day: Brush your teeth using a soft bristle brush twice a day. The best time to brush is right after meals, and you should brush for at least two minutes each time using a soft circular motion. Be sure to replace your toothbrush every 3 months or so to keep it from gathering bacteria.
- Floss Daily: Floss once each day to dislodge any food particles that may be stuck between your teeth to prevent the growth of bacteria and plaque that can lead to tooth decay as well as bad breath.
- Use a mouthwash: Use a mouthwash that kills bacteria and prevents plaque from accumulating in your mouth to protect against tooth decay and bad breath.
- Quit smoking: Smoking is one of the worst things you can do for your oral health. It not only gives you bad breath but increases your risk of gum disease and tooth decay. While you’re at it, cut back on coffee, tea and wine too to keep your teeth from becoming discolored or stained.
- Get routine checkups: See your dentist at least once a year and get your teeth professionally cleaned every six months, or more if you drink a lot of coffee, tea, or wine.
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