Are you following our nine tips for a youthful smile?
In this article Dr. Marta Vallés, dental and maxillofacial surgeon at Quirónsalud hospital, shares her recommendations for a healthy smile and offers options for those who want to improve theirs.
We spend a lot of time focusing on keeping our bodies healthy – but what about our teeth? As we know, the appearance of our mouth and teeth is important but it’s more than just that. A healthy smile can improve the quality of our life. Without good dental care, our speech can be affected and so to can our ability to bite and chew. If we know our teeth aren’t up to scratch it also effects our confidence and self-esteem.
So, how can we maintain a young and healthy smile? Here are my 9 top tips:
1. Brush your teeth after every meal
Make sure you are using the correct brushing technique and allow enough time to do it properly. Using an electric toothbrush can help with this as with hand brushing we can be in too much of a hurry and not brush for long enough.
2. Floss at least once a day
You should floss at least once a day before going to bed. By using dental floss you will see the amount of food that gets trapped between your teeth and gums that cannot be removed by brushing alone. Once you’ve seen this, you won’t want to do without your floss again!
3. Visit your dentist once a year
Prevention is very important. You should have an annual check-up to help detect problems early. In the Marta Vallés Clinic (Dental and Maxillofacial Unit) in Quirónsalud Hospital in Torrevieja you will be treated by dental professionals who are graduates in medicine and have specialised in oral surgery. You will feel that no one can take care of you better!
4. have your mouth cleaned at least once a year
The accumulation of tartar between the gums and teeth causes inflammation and bleeding, gum recession and can even lead to the loss of your teeth. The problem is known as periodontal disease and is suffered by about 65% of the population. Depending on your particular circumstances, you should visit a dental clinic at least once a year so that a professional hygienist can perform a deep oral clean.
5. Replace missing teeth – preferably with implants
Not only do implants look better but if you do not replace the tooth it can lead to other teeth being damaged. When we are missing a tooth, we change the way that we chew and other teeth reposition themselves to fill the gap. This means that adjacent teeth lose their natural position and anchoring. Dental implants are the best solution to replace missing teeth. In our clinic we only use oral surgeons who can achieve the best results.
6. Yellow or stained teeht can be whitened
Over the year teeth can become stained as a result of food or tobacco. We can either whiten your teeth in our clinic or in your own home. The whitening treatment is based on applying cold LED light and can restore the natural colour to your teeth without damaging the enamel or making your teeth more sensitive.
7. Protect your teeht at night
People can unknowingly grind their teeth at night, as happens to me. This can then lead to headaches and earaches that may not be linked to their source. Not only can this clenching of teeth during the night cause a number of aches and pains but it can also result in the wearing down of teeth due to the continuous friction that they are exposed to.
At our clinic we can prescribe a splint which will enable you to rest more easily at night. We can also apply aesthetic veneers and zirconia crowns to those teeth that have been worn down. These are the best materials for preserving the look and function of the natural tooth.
8. Use invisible braces to align your teeth
It is never too late to align your teeth and improve your smile. You can now do this in a short space of time using invisible orthodontics. No one will know that you’re wearing braces! The braces are also easily removed so you can brush your teeth comfortably and easily.
9. Say goodbye to dentures
Dentures can be uncomfortable and may not work well. Nowadays there are alternatives that can remain fixed in your mouth and make you forget that they are not your own natural teeth.
Many patients believe that implants cannot be applied due to lack of bone. However, there are solutions to this too even in the most severe of cases and special implants can be used in a minimally invasive way.
Why choose the Marta Vallés Cñinic?
We are medical and dental professionals with proven international experience
All the guarantees and facilities of the Quirónsalud medical group are at your service
We are the reference centre for implant and maxillofacial surgery
We provide comprehensive and extensive dentistry treatments
We have translators available for all languages
We treat private patients and all medical insurance company patients
We can provide finance for 24 months without interest
It is never too late to look after yourself and take care of your oral health. Enjoy the benefits of all the latest research and advances in the field of dentistry to improve your smile and your confidence. Why put it off until tomorrow?
Hospital Quirónsalud Torrevieja is part of our wide network of collaborators, so you can benefit from discounts and preferential treatment.