If you have low self-esteem, there are a lot of steps you can take to improve your thoughts and beliefs. While this task is difficult, you can become an active participant in changing your image of yourself. Why not start with your oral health?
Have you ever heard the phrase, 'Healthy mouth, healthy you?'. The saying still rings true today. A healthy mouth and healthy body work in coexistence. Maintaining good oral hygiene can improve your overall health by reducing the risk of serious disease.
This guest post is by Jennifer Vishnevsky who is a guest blogger and contributor for www.TopDentists.com
Benefits of Oral Care
If you are suffering from decayed teeth or gum disease, you are probably also suffering from bad breath. Luckily, now is the time that you can take matters into your own hands. Focusing on your oral health has never been easier. With a healthy mouth, your self-esteem is bound to be better.
Let us start with general oral health. Children and adults with healthy teeth should see a dentist at least once a year - preferably every six months. You will undergo a comprehensive oral examination and dental cleaning. General dentists are the first line of defense against tooth decay and gum disease.
Ways to Have a Bright, White Smile
If whitening is affecting your self-esteem, there are plenty of easy steps you can take. Teeth whitening is a great way to look and feel better. In-office teeth whitening procedures performed by a cosmetic dentist provides results in one visit. ZOOM! is an in-office procedure where a whitening gel is placed on the teeth before they are exposed to a laser. This method can make the teeth quite sensitive, but it is one of the fastest procedures for whitening.
Custom fit tray bleaching is a very common procedure because it's easier and costs less than laser bleaching. Your dentist makes a custom fitted plastic tray and sends you home with bleaching gel. Typically, results are seen within two weeks.
If you would like to try a simpler alternative for whitening, consider over-the-counter options. Whitening toothpaste can help brighten your teeth to some extent. The formula is mildly abrasive, so it helps to scour off debris from the surface of the teeth. However, the toothpaste is non-bleaching, so no chemical change occurs within the teeth.
At-home whitening strips are also a popular option. The strips contain polyethylene and a thin 3 percent film of hydrogen peroxide. The higher the peroxide percentage, the less time you need to place the strips on the teeth. These strips cover a portion of the teeth, so you may experience sensitivity and gum irritation.
Is your smile affecting your self-esteem?
What other steps do you take to boost your self-esteem?
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