Key to a Long-Lasting Smile

Scientists who study longevity have found geographic pockets containing healthy long-lived people, 100 years or older, all over the globe. While the circumstances of their lives vary from place to place, these concentrations of the elderly have some commonalities in their lifestyles, including lots of physical activity, a lively social life and a diet rich in fruits and vegetables.

In the same way, while not everyone who has a beautiful smile follows the same health regimen, many have kept their natural teeth healthy and attractive because they’ve heeded the advice of their cosmetic dentist or another dental professional.

Here are a few tips that you can use to keep your teeth looking their best for a long time.Cosmetic_Dentist

Keys To A Long-Lasting Smile

  1. Brush and floss every day, and see your cosmetic dentist as recommended. This is the foundation of a beautiful smile. Your daily habits and your diligence in keeping dental appointments are the most important actions to take.
  2. Go “on the offensive” against bruxism and tooth injuries. Your cosmetic dentist can check to see if you show signs of teeth grinding, and provide a custom-fitted mouth guard if you grind your teeth at night. It’s also important to protect your teeth from injury with an athletic mouth guard if you play contact sports.
  3. Pay attention to what you eat and drink. Most people know that quenching their thirst with sugary drinks promotes tooth decay; acidic drinks also pose a danger because they can erode tooth enamel. It’s important to limit the amount of staining foods and drinks you consume, such as blueberries, coffee, or tea, so your teeth remain bright looking.
  4. Don’t use your teeth as tools! Repeat after me: Your teeth are not knives, scissors or nail clippers. Using your teeth to cut, rip, tear or hold things that aren’t food can cause your teeth to chip or crack.

“Most of the rules that lead to long-lasting smiles aren’t hard to practice once or twice, but they do require some discipline over the long haul,” says Dr. Carol Ford, a cosmetic dentist with a practice in central Phoenix. “But if you put in the effort, your smile can last as long as you do!”

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