Your smile is one of your greatest assets. Your smile can let someone know that you care about them, it can brighten someone’s day, it can help you land a great position at work – your smile can help make life better. Yet, if you are not actively taking care of your smile on a daily basis, you are allowing it to slip away.
Just as plants need constant care and attention to grow, just as your body needs you to eat healthy and exercise regularly – your smile needs a little attention every day. Just a little TLC can protect your smile from damage and decay.
- Flossing your teeth each day is essential. Most people do not do it, but those who want to keep their smile healthy and beautiful do. Flossing takes approximately one minute of your time, yet its benefits last a lifetime. Floss scrapes away damaging plaque from the teeth to remove acid-producing bacteria that cause cavities.
- Brushing your teeth at least twice a day helps to loosen and remove food particles from the teeth, helps to polish your smile, and helps to freshen your breath. All of these are appreciated greatly by those around you!
- Visiting your dentist twice a year helps to protect your smile. Even those few people who floss daily need a thorough cleaning by their dentist. Over time, even the smallest amount of plaque that remains on the teeth will harden into damaging tartar. For those who do not floss daily, their teeth are often coated in tartar – leaving the dentist no option but to scrape and scrape at the teeth in order to remove the tartar.
Those three things are the most beneficial things that you can do to protect your smile. Of course, eating a healthy diet, limiting your sugar intake, limiting alcohol consumption, and avoiding all tobacco and recreational drugs also go a very long way in guarding your smile.
There are many things in life that we cannot control. We cannot control our genetics, we cannot control other people, we cannot control the weather – yet, we do have control over how well we take care of ourselves. Don’t waste your smile. You only get one chance in life to have a natural, beautiful smile. By taking the time to make your oral health a priority, you can help to ensure that your smile lasts for a lifetime.