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Three Tips to Maintain a Great Smile

A smile is one of the most influential facial expressions. It can be a sign of encouragement, of glee, admiration, and love. When you’re feeling down, even a smile from a stranger helps to brighten your day a bit more. Most likely, if everyone smiled, the world feel a little lighter and happier.

Maintaining that smile

Unfortunately, if you don’t care for your teeth and gums, a smile that once brightened everyone’s day can start to dull. Cavities, gum disease, and discoloration can cause you to stop smiling and start frowning. Further neglect leads to advanced issues, including potential root canals.

Easy ways to maintain that smile

Fortunately, it’s quite easy to maintain your smile no matter the situation. All you need is a few minutes each day and some regular doctor appointments to ensure any potential issues are corrected. Here are three tips to keep your smile bright for yourself and others.

Brush and floss — This can’t be emphasized enough. Brushing removes bacteria from your teeth’s enamel and in-between your gums. Flossing gets in-between those gums to remove build-up that can cause receding or infection.

Visit your dentist — On an annual basis, if not twice a year, you must visit your dentist for regular checkups. This is when they x-ray your mouth to detect not only cavities but also lesions or tumors that lead to a more serious condition. In addition, your teeth and gums receive a deep-cleaning.

Don’t delay in treating issues — What goes on in your mouth is directly connected to other parts of your body. Hence, an untreated bacterial infection in your gums can quickly spread if not treated with antibiotics. Or, your teeth could separate if an implant is not placed in an empty space created by a root canal or other issue.

Follow these steps and you’ll be able to share your bright smile with others for decades. And, if you need more information on implants and why they’re needed, visit an implant dentistry journal online such as JICAD.com.