By Dixie Somers
Our smile says a lot about who we are. When we smile, we connect with others more easily and feel better about ourselves. Studies show that smiling impacts our self-esteem as well as our mental health. Even a forced smile can release mood-boosting endorphins, releasing tension and lowering stress.
You may not like your smile and avoid showing it off as much as possible, but we implore you to take advantage of these three tips to improve your smile and enjoy all of its inspiring benefits in the new year.
Eat Teeth-Friendly Foods
We all know sugary drinks wreak havoc on our teeth, but did you know the food you eat has a direct impact, as well? A diet that’s low in calcium and Vitamin C can lead to jawbone decay and gum disease. Fiber-rich fruits and veggies like apples and carrots are good sources of vitamins. They also offer that satisfying crunch that makes them great alternatives to unhealthy chips and junk food.
Practice Good Oral Hygiene
The American Dental Association recommends people brush at least twice a day for two minutes at a time. You should also floss at least once a day to ensure that bacteria and plaque don’t get caught between your teeth.
Good oral hygiene includes eating a good diet, avoiding candy and sugar-laden drinks, and using the right kind of toothbrush. Steer clear of over-the-counter mouthwash, which can do more harm than good. Instead, opt for a natural alternative you can make at home such as a salt water rinse.
Visit Your Dentist Regularly
Annual check-ups and cleanings ensure that your teeth stay strong and healthy. If you have crooked teeth or require more heavy-duty whitening, your dentist can help you choose the right service to brighten your smile. If you’ve lost teeth to decay or an accident, investing in porcelain veneers can restore your smile and help you regain your confidence.
There are many cosmetic dental options for people who want to improve their smiles, and a good dentist will help you enhance yours while taking care of any underlying issues. For example, if you have sensitive teeth, a dentist can prescribe remineralizing toothpaste that helps build enamel and strengthen teeth.
Let Yourself Shine in 2019
This new year, invest in your smile and begin to experience all the rewards of loving your grin. You can laugh more, take pictures with loved ones, and live each day to the fullest knowing that your smile truly reflects who you are and how you feel. Stop feeling embarrassed or undesirable every time you open your mouth. Although it may take a bit of work, your beautiful smile deserves the best, just like you.
About the Author: Dixie Somers is a freelance writer who loves to write for business, health, home, and women’s interests. She lives in Arizona with her husband and three beautiful daughters.
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