By Jackie Silver Style
October is National Dental Hygiene Month and the American Dental Hygienists Association says this month is the perfect time “to increase public awareness about the importance of preventive services in maintaining good oral hygiene and to encourage others to develop and continue with a daily oral health routine.” After all, a beautiful smile is the perfect beauty accessory!
A smile can light up the room
Have you ever heard someone say, “Her smile lights up the room”?
Usually they’re talking about the woman to whom everyone is drawn, whether she’s considered “beautiful” or not. That’s because smiling can have a positive effect on everyone around you.
Smiling also improves your own attitude. It triggers scientifically measurable activity in your left prefrontal cortex, the area of the brain where happiness and positive emotions are registered.
People who smile a lot are perceived by others as more attractive
Studies have shown that people who smile a lot are perceived by others as more attractive, friendly, and successful. There’s even a science dedicated to facial expressions called the Facial Action Coding System.
Clearly, a good smile is extremely powerful. But besides knowing the benefits and making it a point to smile often, there’s one other thing you should do to ensure your smile gets great attention: Take care of your teeth.
Dental hygiene tips
There are multiple ways to take care of your dental hygiene and here are some tips:
1. Brush for 2 minutes, 2x a day, using an Oral-B Deep Sweep 1000 Electric Toothbrush
2. Floss daily, using Oral-B Glide Floss – my favorite is Deep Clean Mint.
3. Use mouthwash to kill plaque and gingivitis germs.
4. Try tooth whiteners for discoloration. Just make sure to check with your dentist for expected results because whiteners may not correct all types of discoloration. For example, yellow teeth will probably bleach well. Brownish teeth may bleach less well and gray teeth will show even less of a result. Also, whiteners will not work on dental work such as bonding and white fillings.
5. Know which medications impact oral health. Certain medications, even common ones such as antihistamines, antidepressants and pain killers, can have an impact on oral health. This may cause side effects such as dry mouth, gingivitis, soft tissue changes, and taste changes, according to the American Academy of Periodontology.