Show Your Smile Some Love This Valentine’s Day; Tips from your Dentist in Ballincollig

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Feel fabulous this Valentine’s day with a smile that radiates confidence.

The last thing anyone wants on Valentine’s day is to feel self-conscious about their smile. Don’t let your worries about your teeth hold you back. Keep Cupid busy and follow our guide for a smile that makes you feel great. Put together by our expert team of Dentists in Ballincollig, below you’ll find easy tips for a great smile.

Love Your Teeth Morning, Noon and Night

The best way to keep your smile healthy and bright is with a daily routine of showing your teeth some love.

As well as brushing your teeth in the morning and evening before bed, be sure to floss at least once a day too. Flossing removes the hard to see food particles and prevents plaque build up. Flossing and brushing regularly also help toward keeping your gums healthy and problem free.

Dentist Tip: Healthy gums are light pink and pain free. If you start to notice red areas or irritation, pop into your Dentist in Ballincollig to have them checked.

Beat Bad Breath

One of the most frequent concerns we deal with at our Dentist clinic in Ballincollig is worries about bad breath. If you have bad breath, don’t despair! A huge number of people, 25% of us, experience bad breath and it can be caused by a number of factors.

Diet plays a part in causing bad breath. There are the obvious culprits like onions and garlic which leave our breath stinky. Then there are the sneaky culprits like coffee and sugar. With coffee, the flavour is partly to blame but caffeine also dries out your mouth. The drying caffeine affects saliva production and less saliva means more odour creating bacteria. On top of this sugar, like that in mochas and syrup flavoured coffees, feeds bacteria, helping it spread faster.

For better breath, reduce your coffee and sugar intake and brush after meals that contain odour causing ingredients. Remember to always brush your tongue daily too. By not brushing your tongue you’re leaving a breeding ground of bacteria in your otherwise clean mouth.

If you’ve cut out coffee and sugar and brush regularly but the bad breath persists could be a sign of halitosis. Halitosis can be caused by a few different things, like these:

Oral Health Issues

A cavity in a tooth and gum disease are the two main health issues that cause chronic bad breath (halitosis). Mouthwash and mints will be ineffective and you will need to see your Dentist. Left untreated, both of these issues can lead to painful and long term dental problems.

A Respiratory Infection

When we are ill with a throat infection, or even a minor cold, our bodies produce extra mucus. The job of the mucus is for it to act as a filter for irritants while your body recovers from infection. However, it is often the case that we experience something called a nasal drip. A nasal drip is caused by mucus draining into the back of the throat. You might find that you develop bad breath with a cold because oral bacteria feeds off mucus. If your bad breath does not clear up when your cold is gone, call our clinic in Ballincollig to see a dentist.

Radiate Confidence With A Brighter Smile

A confident smile for many comes down to its brightness. There are products available off the shelf that purport to brighten teeth but some of these can cause lasting damage. To Improve your smile’s brightness safely, take a trip to the dentist in Ballincollig. We offer services that help with full teeth brightness, brightening individual teeth and even restoring damaged smiles.

Talk to your Dentist at our Ballincollig clinic about our teeth whitening services. We use a safe teeth bleaching method that is both quick and comfortable. We understand that you want to look your best. By offering a safe teeth whitening experience, we help you look great and keep your teeth damage free.

If you have one, or a couple of, teeth that have become stained, we can help with that too. Using the same safe bleaching method as above, we can bring stained teeth to the same colour as your other teeth. This treatment is painless and you will be surprised just how quickly we have you back to your dazzling smiling self.

Do you feel like you have a broken smile? Overtime teeth can become damaged through wear and tear and also accidents. We have met patients who lost their confidence entirely because of a ‘broken smile’. We’re glad to be able to say that we can help restore all smiles. Because your teeth are unique, your dentist at Guiney’s will assess your teeth and discuss your options. These could include veneers, inlays or crowns. Book an appointment to see our Dentist in Ballincollig to learn about your options.

Eat For Your Smile

Keeping your smile fresh and attractive can be helped by what you eat and drink. Did you know for example that eating fresh fruit like apples helps prevent plaque build up? Apples and other fruits that are similarly fibrous and crunchy also massage your gums and help produce saliva.

It goes without saying that sugary drinks will cause issues with teeth. Choose water instead for a healthy smile. We need water for the whole body but the benefits for oral health are important too. By drinking water, you’re helping keep your mouth free of food residues that otherwise would get trapped and lead to cavities. You’re also helping your mouth make saliva which it needs to fight bacteria.

Get To Know And Love Fluoride

You have no doubt seen fluoride listed as an ingredient in toothpaste and mouthwashes. Fluoride is a natural mineral that has been found to have massive benefits for healthy teeth. In fact fluoride’s super power is that it can remineralize the enamel on your teeth. Teeth enamel can be worn away by certain types of drinks, including wine, soft drinks and fruit juices. Damaged enamel leads to tooth decay which can result in teeth falling out or having to be removed .

Using products that contain fluoride will help strengthen your teeth enamel. Even drinking water that contains fluoride is helpful. Dental products contain different strengths of fluoride. On average, adults with normal teeth should use a toothpaste with up to 1500 parts per million. If you have damaged enamel, ask your dentist in Ballincollig to recommend a higher strength fluoride toothpaste or mouthwash.

5 Top Quick Tips For A Kissable Smile

1. Floss daily
2. Brush twice a day
3. Never share a toothbrush
4. Reduce sugar and coffee
5. Have regular checkups with Guiney Dental in Ballincollig

Book To See A Dentist Today

Get in touch with award-winning Guiney Dental in Ballincollig. Sensodyne Sensitive Dentist of the Year! Book an Appointment on 021 4810535 or request an appointment online – here.