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    How can the dentist give a better smile?

    A person’s smile can have a significant impact on their confidence.  Fortunately, the dentist Luton can help with ensuring that the teeth and gums are in the best possible condition, enabling the patient to feel better about themselves.  This increased self-esteem can allow them an increased chance of success in all areas of life: including career, social and even romantically.  Here is an exploration of what the dentist can do to help facilitate all of this.

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    Keeping clean

    Keeping the teeth and gums clean allows the patient to have confidence in the fact that their breath is always minty fresh.  There are two ways that the dentist can help with this.  Firstly, they can give advice and guidance on how to brush the teeth properly, and on how to floss.  They can also advise on the correct tools for the job, such as a good toothbrush (electric ones are often considered to be more effective) and the right toothpaste according to the individual needs of the patient.

    Secondly, the regular check-up appointment should also involve a thorough professional clean.  This can be done by either the dentist or hygienist and involves removing plaque and any other debris that the patient has been unable to reach with regular brushing.  This professional clean can give the patient increased confidence that any potential sources of bad breath have been removed.

    Checking for issues

    The patient who undergoes regular dental check-ups benefits from the expertise of the dentist in identifying any issues before they become especially problematic and cause the teeth and gums to deteriorate.  For example, they can ascertain if there are early signs of gum disease that the patient is not aware of.  As well as potentially causing bad breath, gum disease is also the leading cause of tooth loss.  Losing a tooth or teeth can have a major impact on a person’s smile and their confidence in relation to this.  If gum disease is treated in the early stages, tooth loss need not be an issue. 

    Whitening

    Sometimes, the teeth become discoloured over the years.  The consumption of drinks like tea, coffee, cola and red wine and habits like smoking can cause the teeth to become stained and develop a yellow appearance.  In many cases, a professional clean during a check-up is enough to remove stains and to give the teeth a whiter and brighter look. 

    On some occasions, whitening will allow the patient to get the results they want for the best possible smile.  While there is a dizzying array of whitening products on the market these days, many of them are ineffective at best and some do it yourself solutions may even be dangerous.  Getting the teeth professionally whitened by the dentist is the safest and most effective solution.  It is one of the quickest and easiest ways to improve the smile and need not involve any discomfort.

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    Other solutions

    Anyone who is unhappy with their smile should know that they don’t have to put up with it.  As well as the options mentioned above, there is a whole host of other ways to get a great smile: these include veneers, braces, crowns and much more.  It is well worth consulting the dentist to find out more.