Have people told you that you look older than you are, and you’ve realized it’s because of your smile? Stop feeling embarrassed or hiding your smile. You can make lifestyle changes to keep your teeth healthy and young looking.
Preventing Tooth Stains
If you look at our past blogs, you’ll see that we’ve talked about foods that cause stains. Stains are a cosmetic matter, rather than one of dental health. But stains usually signal an underlying issue: plaque buildup.
Foods like berries, popsicles, and tomatoes, along with beverages like coffee, soda, tea, and red wine are highly pigmented and are most likely to cause stains. Avoiding those foods will help prevent stains. But berries, tomatoes, tea, and red wine can also provide health benefits. So do not avoid them, rather rinse your mouth with water after eating them.
Good dental hygiene at home and regularly scheduled dental cleanings and checkups will help remove plaque and therefore keep stains from forming on your teeth.
Preventing Dry Mouth
Xerostemia, commonly known as “dry mouth,” affects about 50 percent of people in the United States at some time. If you have dry mouth, your risk for gum disease and decay increases because saliva cleans the mouth, neutralizing acid and bacteria. Often associated with aging, dry mouth is generally caused by medication, with over 800 prescription drugs causes the condition.
Dr. DeFinnis and your physician can both offer suggestions to ease dry mouth. Often, a simple medication change is all it takes to fix the issue. And you can also find products such as sugarless gums, mints, and mouthwashes that are specifically made to increase saliva production.
How to Prevent Gum Disease
ou might not know it, but about 80 percent of adults in the United States have gum disease. This condition can destroy your gums and the connective tissues that hold teeth in place, causing tooth loss and even bone loss. Proper dental care can keep gum disease from harming your health. Gum disease is an inflammatory condition, so a diet rich in omega-3s, which you can find in fish and flax seed, can also help protect you.
hese tips, as well as the ones we will share next week, can prevent premature aging on your smile. If your smile has already aged, Dr. James DeFinnis can help with cosmetic dental procedures like teeth whitening, cosmetic bonding, porcelain veneers, and dental crowns. Call our Trucksville, PA, dental practice today for your free cosmetic dental consultation.