Top Tips for a Healthy Smile in 2016

The new year is finally here. That means it is time to make at least one resolution. Instead of vowing to shed pounds or limit the time you spend on screens, make a resolution to develop a healthy smile in 2016. A gorgeous smile is absolutely within the realm of possibility if you follow the tips outlined below.

Schedule Your Routine Cleanings

When was the last time you had your teeth cleaned? If you can't remember, it's been too long since your last visit to the dentist's office. You should have a routine cleaning/exam once every six months. Most insurance companies cover biannual visits, so why not use the benefits you're already paying for and schedule a visit? It only takes a small window of time for significant bacteria to build up in the mouth, so you don't want to miss one.

Start Flossing

Far too many people think that brushing twice a day and visiting the dentist office twice a year represents sufficient dental care. While these are great practices, these efforts simply do not do enough to preserve the health of teeth and create a beautiful smile. Flossing is vitally important to clean those hard to reach spaces between teeth. The nastiest bacteria hide in these crevices. Consider the fact that a thorough brushing only cleans about half of the unsavory stuff in your mouth. Flossing is the only other way to clean out the other half.

Improve Your Diet

The people who have the healthiest smiles are typically the ones who avoid copious amounts of sugar. Fortify your teeth and gums with healthy foods like leafy greens that are rich in minerals and vitamins, and try to keep your hands out of the cookie jar.

Make an Appointment

A lovely smile can make a world of a difference. It can light up a room, attract a potential significant other and, most importantly, boost one's confidence. Great Lakes Dental has the groundbreaking technology necessary to produce beautiful and healthy smiles. We repair damaged teeth, apply dental implants and sealants, whiten teeth and do so much more. Call us today at 440-255-3111 to learn more about our dental services and schedule an appointment.