Start Your Year Off Right by Giving Yourself a Beautiful Smile

“A smile is happiness you’ll find right under your nose.” – American cartoonist Tom Wilson

It’s a New Year and a brand new opportunity to give yourself the sparkling, beautiful smile you’ve always wanted. As you think about your resolutions for the coming year, don’t forget about your oral health. Strong teeth and gums that are free of infection are your ticket to a happier smile – so make sure you take the right steps to achieve a healthy mouth, inside and out.

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Get an expert opinion

The first step to getting a brilliant smile is scheduling a check-up with your dentist and/or periodontist. A routine cleaning will remove plaque and tartar that might be affecting the appearance of your teeth and gums. A thorough examination and x-rays will give a more complete picture of your oral health, and your dentist or periodontist can help you decide on the best treatment plan for you.

Your dentist can also give you information on how to achieve a whiter smile. While professional whitening is an option for getting the smile of your dreams, there are also simple, practical measures you can take at home, for example, staying away from too many sweets and dark liquids and eating more calcium-dense foods like cheese and yogurt.

Consider a cosmetic procedure like dental implants

If you have gaps in your teeth or are missing multiple teeth, you might be a good candidate for dental implants.

What are dental implants? They are small titanium posts that are inserted into the jawbone to support new prosthetic teeth. The result is a natural looking smile with teeth that look and feel like the real thing. While dental implants have an obvious aesthetic appeal, they can actually improve patients’ ability to eat and speak, too.

Other cosmetic periodontal procedures that you might consider this year include gum grafts or reshaping. These procedures can provide a more balanced, desirable ratio of teeth to gums. Your periodontist can also provide crown lengthening, if the length of your teeth is making you think twice about showing off your smile.

The best way to find out whether or not one of these cosmetic procedures is right for you is to schedule a private consultation and discuss treatment options with a periodontist.

Do your “home” work

At home you should be brushing properly at least twice a day and flossing daily. Remember: technique matters! Replace your brush regularly and use short, circular strokes to cover all surfaces and angles of the teeth. Also, don’t forget to rinse your mouth with water after drinking dark beverages or sweets that can stain or stick to your teeth, leading to plaque buildup.

There’s no time like the present to get in the habit of practicing good oral hygiene. Whether your teeth are in decent shape or you are returning to the dentist after years away, it is possible to get back on track to a healthy mouth.

Resolution: Smile more!

When you smile more, the confidence and happiness you radiate is contagious.

This year, invest in YOU and commit to giving your teeth and gums some much needed attention. Schedule your appointment with Central Florida Periodontics & Implantology.