A Healthy Smile
| Written by Don O. Thorpe for Dr. Roger L. Hicks, D.D.S
A beautiful smile is
something we always remember about a person. A smile sets the mood
for happy experiences. An attractive smile can help you make
friends, and help you be successful. Now there’s no reason for
not having a beautiful smile, because any smile can be improved with
the help of modern dentistry.
Crooked and deformed teeth can be transformed into
straight and even teeth. It’s even possible to attach crowns, inlays
and resins to damaged natural teeth to make them look and work like sound natural
teeth -- and they’ll stay that way because modern dental materials are incredibly
tough and permanent.
Today’s amazing dentistry can even change the bone structure of your face to help
you be more attractive. And there’s more good
news. Today’s dental techniques have virtually done away with discomfort and pain.
Our computerized age has made other miracles possible, as well. Everything
from X-rays that are harmless and quick, to dental materials that harden
by exposure to light, and resins that fuse permanently to a tooth’s natural
As marvelous as all these modern techniques are, they still need a little
help from you. Because of a daily build-up of bacteria in the mouth, a
film of bacteria and bacteria waste forms on everyone’s teeth. This film,
called plaque, becomes organized
enough after 24 hours to begin damaging your tooth enamel and gums. So,
it really is important to brush and floss your teeth every day so that you can disorganize the bacteria so they won’t harm your valuable teeth
Cutting down on sugar rich foods and candy also helps
prevent dental disease. Sugar increases bacterial activity, so,
if you must eat sweets, be sure to brush and floss your teeth as soon as
you can afterwards.
A good diet of the proper foods, and lots of exercise
helps to keep your body in healthy condition. This strengthens your natural
healing forces to control mouth infections and disease.
Here are the basics for achieving and maintaining
a good looking smile: 1. Brush and floss your teeth daily to disrupt the
bacteria that forms tooth damaging plaque. 2. Avoid sugar rich foods and
candy. 3. Eat a balanced diet of health promoting food. 4. Exercise on
a regular basis. 5. Get regular dental check-ups, and listen to the advice
of your dentist.
Doctor Hicks and his team of specialists know how
to take care of your smile. They know how to use today’s advanced techniques
to help you have a beautiful and radiant smile. But remember, they need
your help, too.
Oh, yes, sound teeth are also good for eating.