It’s a fact that most people notice your smile before anything else about you. When you initially meet someone, you typically greet them with a handshake and a smile, so of course your teeth play a pivotal role in how people perceive you. Dentist Columbia Dr. Gregory Wych wants your smile to be its very best.
Surveys reveal that nearly 50% of Americans feel that a smile is a person’s most important physical feature and over 60% of them said that a person’s likelihood of success is determined in part by their smile.
With all of that emphasis on your teeth, you should make sure that you protect your oral health so that you not only feel great about yourself, but that you also present your best self to others.
According to your dentist Columbia certain habits can compromise a beautiful smile, so make sure to avoid them if you want to keep your smile intact.
- Not flossing. Brushing your teeth twice a day is important, but many patients don't realize that flossing at least once a day is just as critical to achieving and maintaining a healthy smile. Flossing removes the cavity-causing bacteria left behind from food particles that get stuck between teeth.
- Brushing too soon after eating. Consuming acidic foods and beverages can erode tooth enamel. Your dentist Columbia warns that brushing your teeth too soon after eating and drinking these items can cause more damage than good because you’re essentially brushing the acid into the teeth. Instead, rinse your mouth with water after consuming these items and wait at least 30 minutes before brushing.
- Not replacing your toothbrush often enough. Not only are old toothbrushes ineffective, but they also harbor harmful bacteria that can cause infections. Toothbrushes should be changed every three to four months, and it's especially important to change your toothbrush after you've had a cold.
- Excessively bleaching. Obsessive bleaching can cause your teeth to look unnaturally white and increase tooth sensitivity. Before using an at-home bleaching treatment, talk to your dentist Columbia regarding the proper use of these products.
- Using a hard-bristled toothbrush. A hard-bristled toothbrush combined with an aggressive brushing technique can cause irreversible damage to your gums. Use a soft toothbrush and gently brush your teeth at a 45-degree angle, in a circular motion.
Don’t neglect your teeth because of finances, or lack of time or resources. It’s always easier to be proactive rather than reactive, and a dental emergency can be painful, stressful and expensive. Ask yourself if it’s worth it and then call the office of dentist Columbia Dr. Gregory Wych today to schedule an appointment.