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If you have a habit of making New Year’s resolutions and sticking to them, add healthy teeth and gums to your list.

Gum disease and tooth decay can lead to other health problems; in fact, Web MD explains that there may be a direct connection between periodontitis and heart disease. Other health issues that may occur if you have bad oral hygiene habits include autoimmune diseases, diabetes, and even Alzheimer’s disease.

Healthy habits begin with brushing twice and flossing once each day. Your dentist also recommends that you maintain a healthy diet, stop using tobacco products and schedule twice-yearly dental appointments.

Cosmetic Dental restorations can change your entire appearance. Dental veneers, dental implants, crowns, bridges and tooth colored fillings can restore your confidence and your smile, but if you want to schedule a cosmetic dental procedure, your teeth, and gums need to be healthy first.

During your dental appointment, your dentist will gently poke your gums and check for redness, swelling or bleeding. If any signs of gum disease are present it may mean that you are suffering from gingivitis or the most advanced periodontal disease. Depending on the severity of your situation, your dentist may refer you to a periodontist, a gum specialist, or schedule an appointment for a deep cleaning, also known as scaling and planing.

Your dentist will also make sure that your fillings are not cracked or leaking and that you do not have any new cavities. Crowns, bridges and other dental restorations will also be checked.

If you are free from decay and gum disease your dentist will discuss the various cosmetic dental options available whether you have a gummy smile or want to fix the gap between your front teeth. Cosmetic dental restoration can also help with chips and cracks, oddly shaped teeth or teeth that are too long or too short.

Tooth whitening is the most popular cosmetic dental procedure in the world, and if you are happy with the shape of the rest of your smile, but are afraid to grin because your teeth are stained, schedule an appointment with your dentist for in-office tooth whitening, which is safer and more effective than over the counter tooth bleaching products.

According to the American Academy of Cosmetic Dentistry, an astounding 96% of people polled in a recent survey believe that a beautiful smile is more attractive. A healthy grin can also make you look and feel younger.

Start the New Year off right with a smile on your face and schedule an appointment with your dentist today.

January 15, 2015 | Uncategorized Back to Blog

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