We tend to associate the principles of dental hygiene with general dentists who do basic cleanings and check-ups, but hygiene is also a matter of true importance to the cosmetic dentist. Lakewood cosmetic dentist Dr. Scott Greenhalgh has seen too many smiles ruined when they could have been saved by taking a few simple steps over the years.
General dental problems become cosmetic problems with impressive speed. Fail to take care of your gums and they become puffy and inflamed; gum disease has serious long-term implications for the health of your teeth, but this excess gum tissue also leads to a gummy, unattractive smile.
The good news in all of this is that protecting yourself is really quite simple. By following a few simple dental hygiene tips you can not only protect your dental health but maintain a photogenic smile. Proper dental health also affects your general well-being.
If you live in the Lakewood, Colorado, area and you’re looking for a skilled dentist to help you achieve your cosmetic goals, please call Scott Greenhalgh, DDS today at 303-988-9060.
Dental Hygiene Steps and How They Relate to Your Smile
Your dentist will explain to you in more detail what your daily teeth-cleaning should look like. However, there are usually some common recommendations that will serve you well. Those include:
- Brush your teeth twice a day and floss regularly: Teeth suffer when there is a build-up of plaque and bacteria in the mouth. The best way to clear away bacteria is two thorough brushings a day, combined with regular, daily flossing. If you allow plaque to build up your teeth will lose their whiteness and your gums might become infected, inflamed and puffy. Tooth loss is a common long-term effect of these problems, requiring the use of dental implants as teeth replacements.
- Minimize your consumption of certain foods: Teeth whitening is a popular service with many of our Lakewood-area patients. Avoiding stained, yellowed teeth is obviously quite important to an attractive smile. Foods and drinks like soda, coffee, wine, candy and dark fruit juices can stain your teeth. So can smoking and chewing tobacco.
- See your dentist regularly: While most of the responsibility for your dental health rests with you, there are some things you just can’t do yourself. That’s why it’s so crucial to see your dentist at least twice a year for a cleaning and thorough check-up. Your dentist has technology and experience you don’t have access to. Regularly scheduled cleanings are vital for your long-term dental hygiene and cosmetic dental needs.
By taking these few simple steps, you’ll go a long way toward keeping your teeth healthy and your smile bright, white and photogenic. If you need an experienced general and cosmetic dentist in the Lakewood, Colorado area, please contact Scott Greenhalgh, DDS today by calling 303-988-9060.