Your smile is important because it not only completes your look, but it is also the first thing people notice. However, some people cannot smile with confidence due to several dental problems such as unsightly gaps and discoloration.
Every year the Oral Health Foundation holds the National Smile Month to promote and educate the public on proper oral hygiene practices for improving dental appearance. At Berkeley Smiles, we encourage you to participate in this year’s smile month, and here are a few ways you can improve your smile:
During this year’s smile month, the Oral Health Foundation seeks to promote the use of fluoride toothpaste at least before your sleep. Fluoride, a natural mineral, helps to strengthen the enamel and promote the reabsorption of the calcium and phosphate mineral. Furthermore, it helps to prevent teeth cavities. Using fluoride toothpaste is ideal for adults, but the in-office fluoride treatments will also help as they contain a higher dose of fluoride.
If you already have cavities, then the tooth decay treatment, such as root canal, is given first.
Sugary foods such as carbohydrates can damage your enamel. Oral bacteria convert the carbs acid, which then attacks the enamel making it softer and prone to cavities. Avoiding the consumption of sugary foods can protect your teeth and oral health in general.
Apart from avoiding sugar, it is essential to eat calcium and vitamin D rich food to strengthen your teeth and maintain the health of your gums.
Missing teeth affect your smile as well as the dental structure. Our teeth should last for a lifetime, but we can lose them due to decay. Accidents and falls can also cause the teeth to crack or chip, creating the need for an extraction. If you have chipped, knocked out, or cracked teeth, visit an emergency dentist in Bushrod for assessment and treatment.
At Berkeley Smiles, we have different cosmetic dentistry options that can help you close the gaps and restore your smile. Dental bridges are the non-invasive or surgical treatment for closing the gaps. The procedure does involve the reshaping of your enamel to fix the bridges, but the process is not painful and invasive.
Dental implants are also an option, but it’s mildly invasive. Plus, you need to have enough jawbone to support the implants. An insufficient jawbone can be rectified with a bone graft to rebuild the bone. Implants offer a long-term dental solution and are a suitable solution if you have healthy teeth and gums.
Dental veneers and crowns are also solutions that can be used to replace missing teeth. It is essential to discuss with our dentist in Berkeley on the dental options available.
Teeth discoloration is, at times, inevitable because of the foods we eat and lifestyle. However, with our teeth whitening treatments, you restore the integrity of your teeth. Our in-office professional bleaching treatment contains higher doses of hydrogen peroxide to whiten your teeth faster. We also have take-home whitening kits that can help you maintain the results at home. These whitening kits are customized according to your level of discoloration.
Regular dental visits are a sure way of preventing any dental problems. During your routine dental checkup, the dentist examines your dental health, gums, and teeth. Next, professional teeth cleaning is done to remove any tartar buildup and stains. Fluoride treatments are also given to strengthen the enamel. Dental sealants can be given to children if their permanent teeth have all emerged to prevent cavities. The sealants last for nine to ten years– when the teeth and jaw bone have attained maturity.
The national smile month is fast approaching, and we encourage you to take part in the campaign to learn more about oral health. Our dental team will give you all the information on smile makeover and how you can maintain your dental hygiene and oral health.