A beautiful smile can be a real asset to anyone. Feeling confident in your smile helps you to feel confident in yourself. When you like the way you look in pictures, you’ll be more likely to smile and even more likely to put yourself in social situations. What’s key is ensuring that your beautiful smile lasts. Cosmetic treatment can improve the appearance of your smile, but constant preventive treatment is what will improve the longevity of your smile. By taking small steps, you can extend the lifetime of your teeth.

Your Smile Is Made Up of Teeth, So Take Care of Them

You may think about your smile as a singular entity, but it is made of your full set of teeth. To improve the longevity of your smile, you need to improve the way you care for your teeth. Steps like brushing and flossing aren’t just things that you know you’re supposed to do; they should become essential parts of your daily routine. Are you actually brushing twice per day? Are you thoroughly brushing every surface of your teeth as you do so? How often do you floss? Be honest with yourself. By consistently following through with these cleaning steps, you can prevent cavities and infections.

Your Gums Are Part of Your Smile Too

While your teeth may be the beautiful picture inside the frame, the frame (your gums) is important too. Healthy gums are an essential part of a beautiful smile. Gum disease (gingivitis) can cause your gums to become inflamed. An infection in the gums can eventually lead to much more serious problems, too. Eventually, your gingivitis might evolve and start damaging your actual jawbone. That will lead to tooth loss, which is bad for a healthy, beautiful smile! Gingivitis can be prevented by consistently flossing, along with brushing your teeth.

Find a Dentist That Makes You Comfortable

In addition to your home care routine, finding the right dentist can improve the longevity of your smile. If you’re comfortable with and confident in your dentist, you’ll be more likely to schedule and attend regular checkups and cleanings. These basic preventive procedures can prevent cavity formation and more serious issues related to tooth decay. If you are comfortable with your dentist, you’ll also be more likely to communicate any changes you notice in the way your teeth and gums feel. Recognizing early signs can help you prevent drastic issues later.

Extend the Longevity of Your Smile at Silver Smiles

You deserve to feel confident in your smile! This confidence will help you ultimately take better care of your teeth. The team at Silver Smiles is committed to providing a relaxed care environment that focuses on your long-term oral health. In addition to checkups and cleanings, we can recommend personalized preventive treatment to keep your teeth safe and healthy. Schedule an appointment at Silver Smiles in Silver City, NM by contacting our office at 575-534-3699.