Your smile is one of the first things that people notice. Can a whiter smile make you look younger? Read the details of a recent study below and thank you for visiting Texarkana Endodontics!
Forget Botox, fillers and pricey anti-ageing creams. If you want to turn back the clock, the easiest (and least painful) way to do it is to look after your smile.
Research shows that 47% of the population has moderate to severe gum disease, which, if left untreated, can severely affect the health of your teeth.
A study by toothcare company Oral B found a whiter, brighter smile can make you look at least five years younger.
“Just as you cleanse, tone and moisturise your skin, looking after your teeth and gums daily will really show results,” advises Dr Uchenna Okoye, a teeth expert fromLondonsmiling.com. So here’s the low-down on getting healthier teeth…
Gum disease is caused by a build-up of plaque – a sticky bacteria that feeds on food debris left inside the mouth – on teeth and gums. Many of us will suffer from a degree of it at some point, but to prevent it, brushing your teeth thoroughly twice a day is essential.
“Plaque can form in just 24 hours if you haven’t been cleaning your teeth properly,” explains dentist Dr Mani Bhardwaj from The Smile Studios Dental Group (Thesmilestudios.co.uk). “If it isn’t removed, it multiplies, releasing toxins that cause gum inflammation and bleeding,” adds Dr Mani.
Gum disease, known as gingivitis, often causes no pain, so some damage may already have been done by the time it’s caught. If left untreated, it can develop into more serious problems and even tooth loss.
As well as your regular dentist, aim to visit a dental hygienist every three to six months. They will remove plaque and tartar from tricky areas you might not be able to reach yourself, like between the teeth or at the back of your mouth.
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