My patients and friends call me the Smile Doctor. What can I say…from decades in practice as an oral health provider, I know teeth and how to showcase them in the best way possible. A BEAUTIFUL SMILE.

Here are some of my Smile Doctor secrets, and feel free to spread them around!

When you’re happy and you smile, your face lights up and you attract other happy people. Look in a mirror and practice your smile.

Keep that smile healthy! See your oral health care provider twice a year for checkups and cleanings.

Eat healthy and enjoy good nutrition. Eat more “white” foods that won’t stain your teeth, like chicken and fish. Enjoy a crunchy apple for a snack, and instead of drinking red wine, drink white wine, or vodka or gin mixed with clear liquids, and always drink plenty of water!

Try and keep teeth-staining coffee, tea and dark soda beverages to a minimum, as well as lemonade and energy drinks that can discolor tooth enamel. And rinse your mouth with water or brush right after eating blueberries, cherries, beets and blackberries, all notorious for staining teeth.

Employ your electric toothbrush on the whitening mode. And don’t forget to scrape your tongue which removes a lot of bacteria.

Whatever you do, don’t smoke! And say NO to chewing ice! Both disastrous to your teeth’s health and natural beauty.

At a party, keep your breath fresh by drinking a lot of water, chew a sprig of parsley or try adding a few drops of peppermint oil to a glass of sparking water for refreshing breath. Bring along dental floss or a travel toothbrush and toothpaste for a quick trip to the powder room, or use a product like Stimudents to remove unsightly food stuck between your teeth.

Both men and women can help their lips stay moisturized with an emollient lip balm, and women – lipstick colors like cherry red, wine, berry or rosy pink help make your teeth look whiter.

For keeping teeth safe and in good condition - try not to play any contact sports without a mouth guard. And if you grind or clench your teeth at night, wear a night guard that you can get made at your dentist’s office.

Did you know that an eating disorder such as Bulimia can wreak havoc on your teeth and smile? Stomach acids erode the natural tooth enamel and repair work can be long and costly.

And finally, need some Red Carpet tricks? For a great photo, place your tongue behind your upper teeth, and great big, smile away. Stand next to a white wall for photos; a light background brightens your face and your teeth look whiter, too. And don’t forget the old trick of swabbing a dab of petroleum jelly across your front teeth to make them look sparkly in the camera lens.

Those pearly whites are all yours, so enjoy them!

 

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