Thursday, July 28, 2005

Your Smile

Your smile is your true calling card and it should last your lifetime. If you want to keep your smile all of your life, you need to take care of it. It isn't difficult and with a bit of regular maintenance, your smile will remain one of your greatest attractions.

You need to brush your teeth after every meal; that is very common knowledge, but did you know that your bedtime cup of milk or juice is working against your teeth while you sleep? If you are going to enjoy one last bit of refreshment before bedtime, you should brush your teeth afterwards.

Plaque builds on your teeth and attacks the outer coating or the enamel, which is how bacteria get into your teeth and begin to eat away at them. Untreated, this decay can cause severe diseases of the mouth. It is best to treat decay immediately or you could risk losing a tooth.

Your dentist will use every weapon at his disposal to prevent you from losing a tooth. That will include fillings, root canals, veneers or caps and bridges. The longer that you keep your real teeth, the better health you will enjoy. Once you lose a tooth, the rest of your teeth begin to shift, which is why you should address tooth decay promptly.

Most people are concerned about the cost of dental hygiene. If you do not have insurance, you can discuss payment options with your dentist. As long as you make your payments, you will find that most dentists are happy to work with you. Your smile is priceless and you can keep it that way with regular trips to the dentist.