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Top 5 best practices for a healthy-looking mouth

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Upgrade Your Smile Today

A healthy mouth means a healthy you.

It is very important to practice good oral hygiene in order to keep your teeth and gums in tip-top condition.

Here are 5 ways you can keep your smile dazzling, and your mouth healthy.

1. Brushing

Brushing your teeth at least twice a day is crucial to maintaining a happy smile. Brushing your teeth gets rid of the germs and plaque that have built up during your day.

The way you brush your teeth is also really important.

Not brushing your teeth properly is almost as bad as not brushing them at all! Move the brush in circular motions gently to get rid of plaque.

If left unresolved, plaque can harden and build up, which can lead to further problems down the line, such as gum disease and even tooth loss.

2. Flossing

Flossing is as important as brushing, but many of us forget to floss, or just don’t do it at all. Flossing is great for reaching any spots in between the teeth that a toothbrush can often miss.

How to floss:

  1. Hold the floss so that it is taut, using your thumbs and index finger.
  2. Gently ease the dental floss between two teeth. Guide the floss up and down, making sure to rub it against both sides of each tooth.
  3. Do not floss between your gum and your tooth. This can scratch, bruise or damage your gums.
  4. Place the dental floss in between two teeth. Gently glide the floss up and down, rubbing it against both sides of each tooth.
  5. Repeat these above steps with each the steps as you move from tooth to tooth. With each tooth, use a new, clean section of floss.

There are many benefits to flossing regularly:

  • Prevents tartar build-up
  • Prevents bad breath
  • Helps prevent gum disease

Here are some flosses you can try.

3. Visit your dentist

Expert dentists recommend that you book 6-monthly appointments with your dentists for a checkup.

Your dentist will look for cavities, decay or dental damage, as well as check the gums for infection or disease.

During a routine examination, a dental hygienist will clean and polish the teeth to remove plaque or tartar that has built up.

4. Healthy diet

Too much sugar in food can lead to cavities in the teeth.

Common sugary foods include desserts, sweets, and soft drinks, and many processed foods tend to contain a high level of sugar.

Oral hygienists have also said that starchy foods such as bread, crisps and pasta can also lead to tooth decay.

It’s important to have a healthy and balanced diet to help prevent cavities or damaged teeth.

Fibre-rich fruit and vegetables, as well as sugar-free dairy products, can help maintain healthy bones and a happy smile.

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Tips for a healthy diet.

5. Upgrade your smile

A smile that is healthy is important, but so is your self-confidence.

There are many options out there that can help you improve the look and dazzle of your smile:

Veneers

Veneers are a thin coating of white porcelain that fits perfectly over a tooth.

This can improve the look of your smile, as well as help prevent your teeth from damage or decay.

Because veneers are porcelain, they do not stain.

However, the cement used to fit the veneers might become a little stained over time. This can be easily remedied by visiting your dentist, who will clean out the cement for you.

Porcelain veneers can solve:

  • Worn down or damaged teeth
  • Misaligned teeth
  • Uneven or irregularly shaped teeth
  • Gaps between the teeth
  • Discolouration

Invisalign

Invisalign is designed to solve a wide range of dental issues discreetly. They are also removable, so you can take them out to eat or have a picture taken, and comfortable enough to wear during the night. Unlike conventional braces, Invisalign corrects the structure of your teeth invisibly, so you can smile confidently. Read more here.

Implants

Dental implants provide a long-term and durable solution to a missing tooth or teeth. They are made of porcelain, so they look and feel natural, boosting your confidence and brightening your smile. Learn about the benefits of implants.

Cosmetic Treatments to Transform Your Look

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A Smile Makeover Can Rejuvenate Your Face

Smile More Dental Care is one of London’s superior private dentistry practices, especially for smile makeovers. For the last 25 years, their team has been delivering exceptional, friendly and responsible patient care to patients across London and nearby counties that are looking for a smile makeover. Click here for information on their free smile analysis.

What is involved?

The initial appointment

The initial consultation is absolutely free and without any obligation. You’ll see one of their treatment coordinators and they’ll discuss the general procedure; look to establish your concerns and expectations; answer any queries and questions; show you examples of previous cases; take you through the various steps and basically explain everything that’s involved in the smile makeover process.

Oral examination

The next stage would be an appointment with a hygienist for a comprehensive examination to check all is healthy (this includes a soft tissue exam and an oral cancer check televideo examination), the dentist will then measure the condition of the gums and do a smile analysis to establish what improvements can be made.

Tooth whitening is often involved in the smile makeover process.

Hygiene appointment

A hygienist will see you to give your teeth a through clean and to recommend a good home care routine. Healthy gums are essential to the health of your teeth. We firmly believe that knowledge is power and so the more information you have the better for the long term health of your mouth. Clean your teeth properly.

Stage One – Preparation appointment

This is a long appointment so best to put aside a morning or afternoon. You’ll be given a painless local anaesthetic before your dentist undertakes some gentle reshaping of your teeth and completes any necessary laser work. After taking impressions, he then hand builds temporary veneers based on the wax mock-up, spending considerable time refining and customising the new smile. Time will be spent choosing the right colour, taking into account skin tone and hair colour.

After living with the temporary veneers for a few days, your practice will invite you back in to give them your feedback – are you happy with the general shape and feel, do you like the colour, is there anything you’d like to change ?