If there is one substance that you can consume every day to help your smile, it is undoubtedly water. Water helps your entire body function optimally, and it improves oral health, specifically, by helping you maintain a healthy dental environment.

Our East Plano dentists are reviewing three ways that you can use water to your benefit:

Drink it

Staying hydrated is so good for both your whole-body health and your smile! Try keeping a water bottle with you throughout the day, so that you can take a swig whenever you want. Some people even set timers on their phones to help them stay on track with water breaks no matter what they are doing. When you drinking enough water, your body is able to crank out plenty of saliva, and saliva works to neutralize bacteria and strengthen enamel. Keep in mind that other beverages, like soft drinks, fruit juices, and sweetened coffees and teas do not offer all of the benefits of plain old water.

Rinse with it

One of the best, and simplest, habits that you can get into is to rinse your mouth with water after every meal, snack, and sip (of anything other than plain water). By doing this, you minimize the number of bacteria in your mouth, you clear away dental debris, and you reduce the amount of time that bacteria can stay active on your smile, feeding on sugars and refined carbohydrates. It is better to rinse right after indulging, rather than brushing, because brushing beyond the ADA’s recommendation may actually be too abrasive for your smile.

Start your day with it

As soon as you wake up, before you eat or drink anything, drink some water. When you get up in the morning, your mouth is probably drier than it during the day, because you haven’t had any water all night long. By starting your morning with water, you allow your body to jump-start saliva production before you introduce acidic and sugary substances into your mouth.

Try incorporating more water into your daily routine to boost and maintain oral health. If you want to learn more, or schedule a personal consultation, don’t hesitate to reach out to our East Plano dentists to get stated!  

If you are feeling under the weather, you whole schedule can be thrown out of whack. Unfortunately, this can lead patients to neglect their oral hygiene routines, and compound the effects of their respective illnesses.

Just as your whole-body wellness suffers, when you are sick, your oral health can be equally affected. When you are sick:

  • Your immune system is depleted
  • You feel too tired to keep up with your regular routine
  • You’re dealing with bacterial build-up in your mouth

Ditch your old oral hygiene tools

Now is the perfect time to replace older, grimy toothbrushes and waterpiks with fresh ones. Remember, old oral hygiene tools can actually harbor dental debris and bacteria, and they can actually keep you sicker longer.

Drink plenty of water

When you’re sick, it is more important than ever to stay hydrated. Drinking plenty of water boosts your overall immune system, and it prompts saliva production. Saliva is your body’s natural tool for neutralizing bacteria and re-mineralizing enamel. Try keeping a water bottle handy throughout the day, and definitely on your nightstand so you can combat dry mouth throughout the night.

Avoid sugary products

Remember that oral bacteria love to feed on sugars and refined carbohydrates. When you are shopping for cough drops or mouth rinses, look for ones that use Xylitol, rather than sugar. If you have an abundance of bacteria in your mouth, you’ll notice that it’s hard to maintain fresh breath, and your mouth feels grimy.

Even the simplest oral hygiene efforts can make a huge difference in how you feel when you’re battling a cold or the flu. As always, our East Plano dentists are happy to give you any additional information or support you may need to safeguard your smile. Give us a call to get started, and to schedule a personal consultation

Have you ever wished that you could have a flawless smile – one that lights up a room as soon as you enter? This is an attainable goal that your Dallas, TX cosmetic dentist can easily achieve with porcelain veneers.

What are Porcelain Veneers?

Veneers are very thin shells of dental porcelain that are bonded to the front surface of your teeth. Porcelain is an excellent material for veneers because it looks so much like natural dental enamel. Veneers are custom-made to match the shade of your surrounding teeth, and the finished result is a flawless, natural-looking smile.

One of the significant benefits of porcelain veneers is that your cosmetic dentist can use them to correct a wide variety of smile flaws:

  • Mask cracked, chipped, or broken teeth
  • Disguise the appearance of crooked teeth
  • Cover spaces lefts by gaps between teeth
  • Alter the appearance of severely stained or discolored teeth
  • Lengthen the appearance of teeth

Do Porcelain Veneers Look Natural?

Porcelain veneers are not only versatile, but they blend in perfectly with your natural teeth. The translucent quality of porcelain makes them an excellent choice for a cosmetic dental treatment that is flawless and looks just like your natural teeth – only better! In fact, chances are that no one will notice you’ve had any work done!

Contact our Office Today for More Information

Are you tired of living with a smile that is less than perfect? If you’re ready to take the step to finally enjoy the smile of your dreams, please contact our Dallas, TX cosmetic dentist today. We would love to meet you and work with you to see if porcelain veneers are the right choice for your lifestyle and budget.

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