Physical & Mental Health

Achieve & Maintain a Healthy Smile At Any Age

Do you think that having white teeth means a healthy smile? That might not always be the case. And if you think cosmetic dentistry is required to achieve or maintain a health smile for years to come, that’s not necessarily true either.

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While ageing is a natural process, having to lose teeth as you age is a myth. Protecting your smile at every age is an important part of self-care. Here are several ways to help you avoid certain oral health risks that increase as you age.

Tips For Brushing Your Teeth Properly

Since childhood, you were probably told to brush your teeth twice a day for many reasons. Here are some essential tips which can help you to maintain a wonderful smile that lasts forever:

Soft Bristled Toothbrush

Most of us do not care how our toothbrush feels inside our mouth and end up making our gums bleed aggressively. Using a soft-bristled brush cleans just as or even more effectively, than a harder bristle, and can make a great change in your oral health.

Toothpaste With Fluoride

Toothpaste is another essential factor in a healthy smile. According to the American Dental Association, fluoride is the best friend of our teeth. So, next time you buy toothpaste, check out the fluoride content. This is even more important if your home’s water source doesn’t provide you with fluoridated water.

Circular Brushing Motion

Knowing the right moves while brushing will help you prevent unnecessary gum or enamel damage. According to dentists, the most preferred motion for brushing teeth is circular, since it will remove particles effectively.

7 Ways to Improve Your Smile

1. Brush And Floss Daily

Sticking to some daily habits can be the best practice to make your smile attractive while keeping its natural sheen. Brushing your teeth twice a day with proper toothpaste and brush will prevent your teeth from decaying. Additionally, following the routine with proper flossing will also help you maintain a healthy oral routine.

2. Whitening Procedures

White teeth have always been the indication of a beautiful smile. No one prefers yellow teeth, no matter how healthy they are. Consider whitening procedures that bleach out stains from the teeth. This will help even older adults and seniors to get the most beautiful smile.

3. Maintain a Healthy Diet

A person’s diet always plays an important role in maintaining general and oral health. Consuming processed or sugar-added foods can have adverse effects on your oral health and lead to tooth loss. Include functional food (rich in Vitamin C and A) in your diet, to make your teeth strong and healthy.

4. Stay Hydrated

Staying hydrated is one of the best habits for overall good health. Dry mouth can be an indicator of some chronic diseases, and is often an outcome of aging. By drinking water, you increase saliva, which will help prevent fungal infection and damage to your teeth.

5. Wear a Mouthguard While Playing Sports

Losing teeth is not a natural part of ageing. Accidentally losing a tooth can mar a smile, so keep in mind that precautions are better than cures. If you love sports, then protect your teeth with the help of a mouthguard while playing. 

6. Visit Your Dentist at Least Twice a Year

Visiting dentists regularly is an initial step to knowing about your oral health. For this reason, most dentists recommend twice-yearly visits to ensure any underlying or developing adverse health conditions (such as oral cancer, which can be fatal) are flagged. 

7. Don’t Forget Your Tongue

You can achieve a beautiful smile by following the steps mentioned earlier, but a foul odor from the tongue can ruin that smile at once. So, while brushing, don’t forget to rinse or brush white areas on your tongue that produce a bad odour.

Can Poor Dental Hygiene Affect Other Aspects of Your Health?

A poor oral hygiene routine can lead to chronic diseases such as tooth decay, gum swelling, cavities, etc. Recent studies have shown that poor oral health routines may also lead to the development of bacterial responsible for causing various other infections and diseases.

In short, we can say that poor dental hygiene CAN affect overall  human health.


Maintaining a healthy smile for a lifetime can be everyone’s dream, although some may think cosmetic dentistry is the only option available. However, following these important tips for proper brushing etc., can give you a perfect smile at every age. 

At last, in order to get that perfect smile, visiting a dentist is an essential step. Take your oral health seriously and smile flawlessly.

*This article is for informational purposes only and is not intended as medical or mental health advice, nor is it a substitute for professional medical or mental health advice, diagnosis, or treatment. Always seek the advice of a qualified physician or mental health provider with any questions you may have regarding a medical or mental health condition. In the event of a medical emergency, call a doctor or 911 immediately. This website does not recommend or endorse any specific tests, physicians, products, procedures, opinions, or other information that may be mentioned on the Site or on other websites it links to. Reliance on any information provided by this website or other websites it links to, is solely at your own risk.*

Mike Knorev

Mike Khorev earned his Doctor of Dental Surgery degree, as well as a Master of Science, from the University of Toronto. He provides exceptional patient care by investing time in getting to know his patients, easing their concerns, and providing practical ways for improving their dental health.

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