A Great Smile Takes More Than Good Luck

People don’t luck into fantastic smiles. Most of them work hard to keep their smiles sparkling, through good daily oral hygiene, careful consideration of what they eat, and working closely with a dentist. Here’s how you can be one of those “lucky” people.

Quit Tobacco
Smoking causes cancer and can turn teeth yellow and leave you with bad breath.1 Tobacco use is a risk factor for periodontal diseases, dental decay, tooth loss, and many other serious medical problems.2

Stop the stains
Cola3, coffee,3 red wine,4 tea,4 grape juice5, and even berries and beets5 can discolor your teeth. If the stain doesn’t brush off, talk with a dental professional about an extra dental cleaning, or more advanced options like whitening treatments6 or veneers.4

Start making and keeping dental appointments
Visit your dentist regularly. S/he can help you monitor problem areas and spot potential problems. This could save you from needing more serious work in the future – maybe even saving your teeth.7

Start brushing and flossing regularly
The best way to make sure your teeth are in tip-top shape is to stay on top of daily oral hygiene. Rapid removal of stain-inducing substances and cavity-causing food particles will do wonders for your smile, especially if you’ve followed the rest of our advice. Consider adding a midday brushing to your routine. Even brushing with water will remove food particles until you can use fluoridated toothpaste.8

1 http://oralhealth.deltadental.com/Search/22,16445
2 Bloom B, Adams PF, et.al. NCHS Data Brief. 2012 Feb;(85):1-8. Smoking and oral health in dentate adults aged 18-64.
3 http://oralhealth.deltadental.com/Search/22,21447
4 http://oralhealth.deltadental.com/Search/22,21460
5 http://oralhealth.deltadental.com/Search/22,DD28
6 http://oralhealth.deltadental.com/Search/22,DD59
7 http://oralhealth.deltadental.com/Search/22,Delta72
8 http://oralhealth.deltadental.com/Search/22,DD42


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