How to Keep Your Smile Glowing

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How to Keep Your Smile Glowing

May 30th is National Smile Day 2021! Every smile is unique and beautiful. The staff here at Hicks Dental Group care about keeping your smile healthy and glowing. There are many ways to improve your smile, both in the dental chair and at home. Here are a few tips to get you started!

How to Keep Your Smile Glowing at Home

Don’t Forget to Floss

Good daily habits keep your teeth clean and prevent possible issues like tooth decay and gum disease. When it comes to taking care of your smile at home, flossing should be a top priority. You’ve probably heard this tip a million times, but that’s because it’s one of the most effective ways to keep your teeth healthy! 

Brushing and flossing daily ensures that whatever work or cleaning your dentist may have done lasts long term. Careful brushing and flossing help to remove food particles and harmful bacteria that could cause major problems if left behind. 

Quit Smoking

Smoking is one of the main enemies of a healthy smile. Not only does it stain your teeth, but it can also cause damage to your gums. Unhealthy gums are at a high risk for gum disease, which can be incredibly painful and destroy the appearance of a healthy smile. 

Stay Hydrated

Most of us know that our bodies are made up of mostly water, which is why staying hydrated is such a major part of staying healthy! Not only does drinking water keep your body healthy, but it also keeps your smile healthy too. Drinking water instead of sugary drinks like soda can prevent tooth decay. Most tap water is treated with some fluoride, which means it can help protect your teeth too.

How Your Dentist Can Help You Get a Glowing Smile

Dentists are, in essence, smile doctors, working to keep your teeth and mouth healthy and feeling good. Not only does your dentist make sure your teeth stay clean, but they also offer cosmetic options to improve your smile.

Routine Cleanings

Going to the dentist on a regular basis (we recommend at least twice a year) is one of the best ways to stay on top of your dental health. Your hygienist will give your smile a deep clean and an exceptional sparkle. 

Your dentist will be on the lookout for early signs of various problems, like cracked teeth, cavies, and inflamed gums. Visiting the dentist twice a year can prevent small issues from slipping through the cracks and becoming bigger problems. 

Cosmetic Options

Sometimes there are issues with the appearance of your teeth that cannot be fixed simply by cleaning or daily care at home. Uneven teeth, cracked or chipped teeth, and gaps in your teeth are all things that can be altered with cosmetic dentistry

Teeth Whitening

If your teeth are stained or discolored, whitening is a great way to improve the overall appearance of your smile. Professional whitening is the most effective and safe way to whiten your teeth. The results are typically quick, and you don’t have to work with cumbersome and messy at home products for weeks on end. 

Questions About How to Take Care of Your Smile?

The team at Hicks Dental Group wants you to feel comfortable and confident for National Smile Day 2021! If you have any questions or concerns about the health of your smile, or about what you can do to improve your smile, we would love to see you. Contact us by calling 928-445-6030 or texting 928-487-4583 today.

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