We invest a whole lot of time and money in how we look from hair styling, working out, make up, fashion and more. But how many of us neglect our teeth for fear of the dentist?! It's bizarre considering how much of an impact our smile can have on our overall appearance. But it doesn't have to be scary. As Mel Robbins would say, turn your nerves into excitement and 5, 4, 3, 2, 1, GO!
Maintaining healthy fangs can largely fall down to our daily behaviour and habits. If you fail to brush your teeth twice a day and consume large quantities of sugar, coffee or sodas, chances are that you’ll experience decay and discolouration in next to no time. So starting there isn't so bad - check that brushing and flossing box consistently to start.
But it sometimes needs to be more than just a good hygiene routine. So, if you’re already doing everything you can to keep your pearly whites shining at home, but want to see further improvements, here are a few dental professionals you should consult and what they can do for you.
Your first point of call should be your dentist. A dentist will be able to take a look around your mouth to examine its overall health. They will also be able to spot the beginnings of any decay, holes that need filling and provide advice on preventing further problems. They can also use an x-ray to check out the interior health of your teeth to help them to see any problems that haven't even surfaced yet, preventing potential future pain and discomfort for you. They will also be able to offer specialist services, such as straightening, whitening, and veneers. Worth doing yearly if only to avoid a more horrific visit!
Every so often, your dentist will have to outsource some of their work processes to a laboratory before they can complete a given procedure. Say, for example, you need a veneer for the front of a damaged tooth. Your dentist will send off an image of your tooth to a lab, who will be able to custom-make a veneer in the exact same shade and the exact right size for your needs. If you need a dental shield to wear at night in order to reduce the effects of grinding or bruxism, your dentist can send off a mould to for a guard to be made to fit your jaw and teeth perfectly. If you want to learn more about this aspect of dentistry, Oceanic Dental Laboratory are a digital dental lab and their website can provide you with a whole lot more information.
You’d be surprised at the number of people who are still cleaning their teeth incorrectly as adults. While this is a basic skill, we can often become haphazard or lazy with our brushing and slip into bad habits. Visiting a hygienist can be quite the education in teeth you want to keep! They'll take a look at your mouth and ensure that you are doing everything right when it comes to maintaining good oral hygiene. They will also be able to tackle any hard to reach areas on your behalf and give you a professional scale and polish. You will leave with an extremely clean smile and some great advice on the best dental products, how to use them, and when to check back in to maintain that goal Hollywood smile. 😉