5 Ways To Love Your Smile This Valentine’s Day
Increasingly, people all across the country have been touting the virtues of self-care — taking a little time to decompress and show yourself some love. And many people, regardless of whether they’re coupled or single, will be using Valentine’s Day to celebrate themselves and be responsive to their own needs.
If you’re in that boat, why not show your smile a little love this Feb. 14? There are things you can do — both big and small — that will make you feel great about your smile and boost your confidence.
Read on to learn about five ways we can help you spoil your smile a little bit this month (and every month)! Then, if you’re looking to partner with highly skilled dentists in the Jacksonville, TX area, call All Smiles at 903-625-9297 to schedule an appointment.
1. Practice Healthy At-Home Habits.
When it comes to flossing and brushing at home, studies show that Americans fall short. But it’s never too late to review your everyday practices and revamp your dental hygiene routine!
The American Dental Association recommends brushing twice a day for two minutes each time, using a soft-bristled toothbrush. As for flossing, you should commit to doing it once every day.
Here’s why brushing and flossing are so important. Common dental ailments, such as cavities and gum disease are easily prevented when you’re dedicated to proper hygiene! Brushing and flossing help clear your mouth of food debris (which attracts harmful bacteria) and plaque (which is a sticky film of bacterial buildup).
This bacteria causes infection of your gum tissue (gum disease) and releases a weak acid that wears away at tooth enamel (tooth decay).
2. Commit To Routine Dental Checkups.
If you’re already brushing and flossing regularly, that’s great! But it’s also important to visit the dentist regularly — about once every six months. These routine dental exams allow us to look for early signs of dental problems so we can intervene as soon as possible.
At All Smiles, we use the latest technology to check for signs of gum disease and tooth decay, as well as oral cancer, TMJ dysfunction, and malocclusion. We’ll also remove any tartar, or hardened plaque, that has built up since your last visit. Tartar, especially that which has built up below the gumline, isn’t easily removed with regular brushing and flossing.
After your routine appointment, you’ll leave the office with a smile that looks and feels better than it did when you walked in!
3. Pay Special Attention To Your Gums.
Advanced gum disease, called periodontitis, is pretty common; roughly half of all American adults have it. It’s also the leading cause of tooth loss in the U.S. — and it’s almost entirely preventable.
Gum disease starts out as gingivitis, inflammation of your gums that is easily cured. So, while you’re flossing and brushing, be on the lookout for the early signs of gum disease.
- Red or swollen gums
- Bad breath
- Gums that bleed when you brush and floss
You should also keep an eye out for the early signs of gumline recession: tooth sensitivity and an elongated appearance to the teeth. Gum recession is a sign that your gingivitis is progressing into periodontitis. And as your gumline pulls away from your teeth, the roots of your teeth may become exposed and prone to decay.
If you suspect you’re already living with gum disease, come in for a visit. If a routine cleaning isn’t enough to get rid of the infection-causing bacteria, we can help you out with a deeper cleaning procedure called scaling and root planing.
4. Whiten Your Smile.
There’s no feeling quite like flaunting a brilliantly white smile. If your smile has been dulled by years of exposure to coffee, tea, red wine, and other problematic substances, All Smiles can help you restore a whiter, more youthful-looking smile.
We offer both in-office and at-home whitening treatments using safe and effective Zoom! products. If you’re looking to dramatically transform your smile in as little time as possible, our in-office treatments can help you achieve a smile that’s up to 10 shades brighter with just three 15-minute sessions!
You can also opt for at-home teeth whitening kits that allow you to enhance your appearance while you catch up on Netflix or send some emails.
5. Find A Dentist’s Office Where You Feel Comfortable.
When it comes to your dental health, it’s important to have a team of compassionate professionals in your corner and a practice you enjoy going to.
Dr. Folden and Dr. Westbrook were born and raised in Jacksonville, so they understand the community they serve, and they enjoy forming long-lasting relationships with patients!