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31 / 01 / 2019

How To Show Your Teeth Love This Valentine’s Day

On Valentine’s Day, it’s traditional for us to show our affection for our loved ones. We send cards, flowers and gifts to each other. We arrange romantic nights out (or in). Also, we lavish time, attention and money on the people who are important to us. So this year, why not go one step further and show your teeth some love, too? After all, they’re a vital part of you that totally deserves some time and attention. And you’d certainly miss them if you lost them, through decay or disease.

Keep It Clean

A kissable mouth starts with clean teeth and fresh breath. Excellent oral hygiene is a must all year round, not just on Valentine’s Day. So make sure you brush your teeth gently but thoroughly at least twice a day. Use a fluoride toothpaste and brush for at least two minutes, to help keep plaque and cavities at bay.

Above all, pay proper attention to your brushing technique. Effective cleaning means brushing ALL the surfaces of every tooth. To make this easier, why not treat yourself to a new electric toothbrush (or drop hints to a loved one)? It might not be as romantic as a bouquet of red roses, but it will last much longer. After brushing, don’t rush to rinse, as this will dilute the fluoride’s effect. And don’t forget to brush your tongue, because plaque and bacteria can lurk there too. And that’s definitely not what you want if you’re planning to get up close and personal.

Many people rush to brush their teeth straight after eating, but this isn’t necessarily a good idea. If you’ve consumed anything acidic, you’ll simply be helping to weaken your tooth enamel. Wait at least 30 minutes to be on the safe side.

Focus On Flossing

Daily flossing is another way to show your teeth some TLC for Valentine’s Day and keep your breath fresh. It’s also a great way to safely dislodge any food or debris that’s wedged between your teeth. (Nobody wants the embarrassment of ‘spinach teeth’ on a hot date). Flossing also helps to remove plaque along the gum line. This means it can also reduce gum disease and the likelihood of bad breath. So there’s no excuse to not make the effort, in February or any other month!

If you are really struggling with flossing, do speak to your dentist, and we’ll be happy to help. We can demonstrate the correct technique and advise where you’re going wrong. Don’t forget that there are lots of alternatives to standard floss. So don’t be afraid to experiment with dental tape and interdental brushes instead.

It’s worth making an effort to use mouthwash too. It’s a fast, easy way to freshen your breath. But its effects are more than just cosmetic. Mouthwash can also help to prevent cavities, kill germs, prevent tartar build-up and desensitise your teeth. All that in under one minute! If you’re still worried about bad breath, chewing sugar-free gum after eating can help.

All White

There’s no denying that a bright, white smile is attractive, and enhances your appearance. It can also boost your self-confidence – very useful if you’re on the lookout for love this Valentine’s Day! Unfortunately, not all of us are blessed with naturally white teeth. And if you’re a fan of curry, coffee or red wine, you’re more likely to suffer from teeth staining.

However, help is at hand, in the form of teeth whitening or bleaching. This is a safe, effective way to achieve whiter, brighter teeth. Don’t risk a dodgy DIY kit that could damage your teeth. We create bespoke whitening trays that are safe and comfortable. We can also recommend the correct amount of whitening gel to use to obtain the required results. It’s never been easier to dazzle your beloved with your pearly whites!

A Stunning Smile

Stained or yellowing teeth are not the only reason that many people are unhappy with their smiles. If your teeth are broken, missing or crooked, it’s difficult to beam brightly at your beloved. If that is the case, why not give yourself the gift of a great smile this Valentine’s Day? We offer a range of cosmetic dentistry services including white fillings, dental crowns, and dental implants.

We help if you suffer from dental anxiety or dental phobia. These are often the key reasons why so many people don’t visit their dentist regularly, and consequently, have damaged teeth. We realise that dental anxiety can have serious consequences, and do all we can to help you overcome it. So you can be confident of obtaining the treatment you need without fear or discomfort.

Many people are anxious about visiting the dentist thanks to previous unpleasant/painful experiences, often as a child. We always take care to perform all necessary dental procedures with minimal discomfort. And we even offer a range of sedation services, for severely phobic patients.

A Committed Relationship

With most relationships, you get back what you put in. It’s no different with your dentist. So don’t play hard to get – be committed instead. Visit us regularly, as often as we recommend. Prevention is always better than cure. Maintenance check-ups are vital, as they allow dentists to spot the early warning signs of potential problems before they get serious. They also provide a great opportunity to give guidance and advice, and recommend the right treatment solutions.

For more information on how to enhance your oral health, follow us on Twitter @LighthouseDent2.

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