Tips For A Healthy, Beautiful Smile

Tips For A Healthy, Beautiful Smile

While having the right wardrobe, accessories and hair style for summer all play a role in a bright appearance, I always say that one of the first things people notice about a person is their smile.  According to Dr. Timothy Chase, a 15-year veteran of cosmetic dentistry, a healthy smile, white teeth and healthy gums can take 10 years off your appearance.

Dr. Chase, D.M.D., is a practicing partner at SmilesNY, a leading cosmetic dentistry practice in New York City.  He has made it his life’s work to educate patients about the significance of possessing a healthy smile as a critical indicator of overall health and wellness.

“Some people do not realize how important it can be to take care of your teeth,” says Dr Chase.  “Not only does a healthy smile make you look and feel better, but, dental health issues have been linked to systemic problems like heart and kidney issues and low birth weight in babies.”

My teeth have always been super important to me and believe it or not I do not have a single cavity.  I brush and floss my teeth three times per day and it really makes a huge difference.  To really get your teeth clean and get rid of bacteria which can cause both tooth decay and bad breath, I use the DazzleProAdvanced Sonic vibrating toothbrush.  It emits a safe yet powerful 31,000 strokes per minute to effortlessly glide across your mouth to sparkle teeth and invigorate gums. A two-minute timer delivers a quick pause every 30 seconds to keep you on track for a focused cleaning experience.

In addition to brushing and flossing Dr. Chase gave me these great diet tips to keep your smile bright and beautiful.

Great Foods For Your Teeth

Certain foods help to remove bacteria that cause plaque which hardens into a yellowish tartar if not brushed away soon enough.

  • Crunchy fruits and vegetables work best because they function as an abrasive scrub for your teeth.  They also stimulates the production of saliva, which helps to keep plaque from forming:
    • Apples
    • Cauliflower
    • Carrots
    • Celery
  • Strawberries and oranges are both useful for polishing teeth.  Rubbing an orange peel or a strawberry over your teeth, following by washing out your mouth with water will get your noticeable whiter teeth after a few months
  • Dairy products such as yogurt, milk and cheese contain a lactic acid which may help protect teeth against decay.  Hard cheeses are best for whitening since they help remove food particles as well.

Foods To Avoid

  • It’s important to avoid stain-causing foods and substances as much as possible.  A simple rule is any food which causes a stubborn laundry stain can stain teeth too.  Brushing teeth or at least rinsing one’s mouth with water after consuming these foods is a great way to help prevent staining.  Foods to avoid include:
    • Coffee
    • Tea
    • Blueberries
    • Red Wine
    • Soy Sauce
    • Tobacco
    • Soda

“Brightening your appearance by creating a healthy smile is not as daunting a task as people think,” says Chase.  “It is an extremely important factor in ones overall health and it should not be overlooked.”