All I want for Christ­mas is… a new smile!

Oral hy­giene tips for healthy, white teeth

Prima (UK) - - Contents -

Smil­ing is one of the sim­plest things we can do to boost our well­be­ing – peo­ple smile back, our con­fi­dence lifts and the world seems a hap­pier place. More than that, a set of gleam­ing teeth and healthy gums is one of the most ef­fec­tive anti-age­ing treat­ments.

But while we rate a great smile as the top phys­i­cal fea­ture when it comes to at­trac­tion, only a third of us show our teeth when we smile for a photo. Nearly half of us blame dis­coloured or yel­low­ing teeth, and one in five cite crooked or miss­ing teeth, ac­cord­ing to re­search by the Oral Health Foun­da­tion.

More se­ri­ously, nearly a third of adults have tooth de­cay, re­vealed an Adult Den­tal Health sur­vey. This not only causes pain, but de­cay and gum dis­ease are also linked to heart dis­ease and stroke. Bac­te­ria en­ter­ing the blood stream leads to in­flam­ma­tion which is be­lieved, over time, to dam­age blood ves­sels in the heart and brain.

For­tu­nately, the lat­est den­tistry tech­niques mean there are painfree ways to good den­tal health and a brighter smile, what­ever your age or the con­di­tion of your teeth.

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