All I want for Christmas is… a new smile!
Oral hygiene tips for healthy, white teeth
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.