Many people are dissatisfied with the appearance of their teeth. They may be small, but they are incredibly important to your appearance. Bad teeth can lower your self-esteem. Keep reading for advice on dental care and eliminate this worry.
Avoid drinking sodas to ensure whiter, healthier teeth. Sugar in those sodas can affect the look of your teeth, and you ought to stick with water instead. Your teeth will look much better if you drink water during the day.
Try a different toothpaste if you experience sensitivity. Before you start using a toothpaste for sensitive teeth, set up an appointment with your dentist. Your dentist can rule out other sensitive teeth causes.
If you are an adult over the age of 50, use alcohol-free mouthwashes. The older you get, the more sensitive your teeth and gums become. Alcohol tends to cause burning and other unpleasant sensations in your mouth when used. Use mouthwashes without alcohol and that contain fluoride. Use it twice daily for good results.
Ask your dentist before he starts working what kind of sign you can use to let him know that you are in pain, or need a break. Perhaps a hand motion would work. Often, you won’t need to take this step, but just knowing it is an option will help you relax.
Even a tiny amount of blood while brushing your teeth, should be cause for worry and a trip to the dentist should be made. Bleeding gums may indicate you have gum disease, and if it is untreated, it can become a serious problem. Gum disease makes you more vulnerable to tooth loss, bone loss, diabetes and infections.
Medication is often a culprit of a dry mouth and halitosis. You will also be more likely to develop cavities and other issues if you are not producing enough saliva. Talk with your physician to see if your chronic halitosis and dry mouth is due to medicine you are currently taking. If this is the case, you may be able to switch medications. Otherwise, ask about a special mouthwash to help.
There are many great toothpastes out there specially formulated for sensitive teeth. Your teeth may be sensitive if you have problems (discomfort or pain) when eating very cold or very hot foods. Setting aside time to discuss the matter with a dentist can help to identify potential causes.
Never chew ice. Over time, chewing ice may crack the enamel on your teeth. As a result, you will be more prone to developing cavities and other problems caused by bacteria. Use care when you are chewing anything that is hard, such as hard candy or popcorn kernels. If you’ve cracked a tooth, make an appointment to visit your dentist as soon as possible.
Now you know that you can take specific steps to improve your appearance. You don’t have to every be embarrassed by your teeth. You can take comfort in your smile knowing how great it looks. Apply the tips you just learned, and flash that smile everywhere!