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A beautiful smile can truly transform your visual appearance give you greater self-confidence in life and also a positive mindset. Everyone wants a dazzling smile but do you think a great smile happens naturally. No, it doesn’t. Brushing, flossing, and rinsing are just the tip of the iceberg when it comes to good oral health.

A beautiful smile signifies not just a good oral health also your overall health. Having a poor oral health can lead to various dental and physical health issues like gum disease, infection, bone loss, strokes and more in the future. Gum disease has also been linked to serious health issues such as heart disease, diabetes. Regular checkups and cleanings can prevent problems as well as provide you with good oral hygiene. Ditching daily soda habits and quitting cigarette use can also be a way to improving your oral health.

Here are five ways to a fantastic smile
Eating habit
A well-balanced diet rich in vitamins, minerals, fruits, and vegetables will help keep not just your body healthy but also your mouth, preventing gum disease. Be sure to include nutritious foods that offer vitamins A through E for healthy gums. In addition, eat crunchy foods which can help clean your teeth and even eating pineapple can help lessen stains on teeth. Eating healthy also includes drinking more water. Cut back on sugar as it can lead to cavities, by dinking healthier drinks like no-sugar-added juices and water instead of carbonated drinks like soda, sports drinks or even creamed coffee. This will be beneficial to your teeth, as well as to your waistline.

Brushing timing and technique
Brushing your teeth at least twice a day with fluoride toothpaste for a full two minutes is necessary to maintain healthy teeth and gums. The last thing you do before going to bed should be brushing your teeth and one other time during the day. Science has shown that fluoride has contributed to the prevention of tooth decay. Brushing technique is also important. When brushing, use gentle, short circular motions and hold toothbrush at a 45-degree angle pointed toward the gum line. Overly aggressive brushing can damage teeth and erode your gum line. A power toothbrush can also take the guesswork out of technique and timing.

Floss at least once a day using dental floss, an interdental pick to remove plaque from places your toothbrush can’t reach and prevent gum disease. Cleaning between your teeth daily keeps your breath fresh, prevents tooth decay and is important for your overall health.

Visit your dentists regularly
Regular dental checkups are the surest way to detect early signs of periodontal disease when they are treatable. Make your dental visits twice in a year in your overall oral health care regimen. You can also monitor your teeth and gum by looking for signs of changes in teeth or gums in between dental visits and never ignore oral pain.

Quit smoking
Avoid tobacco and cigarette use which may contribute to tooth staining, gum disease and in severe case mouth cancer. Nicotine and tar in cigarettes create an environment for bacteria to attack your teeth and gums, harming tissues, degrading bone and even leading tooth loss. If you smoke or chew tobacco, consider quitting.