When thinking about maintaining your smile, is the first thing that comes to mind your teeth? It’s true that your teeth play an important role in the appearance of your smile, but beautiful pearly whites are not the only element involved in maintaining your smile. The soft tissues in your mouth, most notably your gums, are also an important part of your smile, though they are often overlooked.
Many factors can cause soft tissue irritation, which appears as redness or bleeding that can affect the appearance of your smile. While implants, crowns, and veneers are designed to improve the appearance of your teeth, soft tissue can react to those materials and irritation and inflammation can persist. Other sources of soft tissue irritation arise from not flossing regularly or not participating in a complete oral hygiene regimen on a daily basis.
To help with maintaining your smile, there are steps you can take to protect your teeth and the surrounding soft tissues.
- Make sure that your daily oral hygiene routine includes brushing, flossing and finishing up with an antiseptic rinse. Using a products that incorporate antioxidants in oral care, such as AO ProVantage, which contains Phloretin and Ferulic acid, can help you make your oral hygiene routine as effective as possible.
- When you brush, time yourself to make sure that you are brushing for a full two minutes.
- Drink plenty of water throughout the day. Drinking water anytime that your mouth is dry or when you are thirsty not only helps keep you hydrated, but it also has the added benefits of reducing your cravings for other sugary beverages like soft drinks. Avoiding products like soft drinks and other sweets will help keep sugar and harmful bacteria from building up on your teeth.
- Remember to visit your dentist on a routine basis for cleanings and check-ups to keep your smile at its best.
There is more than just a perfect smile and fresh breath at risk when you don’t take care of soft oral tissue. Inflammation in the mouth has been linked to serious health conditions, such as cardiovascular disease, Alzheimer’s disease, erectile dysfunction, low birth weight babies and infertility.
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