Perfect Smiles for Holiday Photos
The time of year is quickly arriving when we all gather together with our loved ones and put our best smiles forward for the camera. Holiday photos only take a few seconds—in theory—but they aim to last us a lifetime. Now, we all know the standard procedure for worrying about clothing styles and colors and how well our family members’ outfits match, but you may not have taken into account the benefits your family photo will reap from a little proactive dental care.
Stains and discolorations, swollen and bleeding gums; not only are these things potential health concerns, but with the pixel quality of modern photography, they can really stand out in your photo. You want the picture to draw eyes to the happy smiles of your loved ones, but it’s even better when those smiles are healthy and sparkling.
Crooked teeth and other alignment problems aren’t going to be solved with a trip to your Tulsa dentist—these things fall into the purview of orthodontics, instead—but even crooked teeth look much better without yellow discoloration or visible plaque and tartar buildup. Not to mention the benefits of showing a healthy, tight gum-line free of inflammation and bleeding.
You undoubtedly know that these are all oral health issues that should be prevented with proper daily care at home, in the form of brushing and flossing. Sometimes, though, when it comes to our loved ones, we have to use every angle available to us in order to get them to take good care of themselves. This push for self-care is where the family photo can come in as a tool for you to propel your children, spouse, or siblings into taking proper care of their teeth and gums. They may not like it, but their health only cares if they do it.
If you or your loved ones are suffering from discoloration and staining, bleeding and swollen gums, or even cracked or chipped teeth, come in and see your Tulsa dentist for a Tulsa teeth cleaning. They will work with you to get your oral health in tip-top shape as soon as possible. It’s not unheard of for some of these problems to get addressed with relative ease and speed at little discomfort and cost to the patient.
In the ordinary course of a Tulsa teeth cleaning, your Tulsa dentist will remove all of the plaque and tartar from your teeth and gums and polish each of your teeth. These dental cleanings can go a long way towards safeguarding your oral health and promoting a picture-perfect smile. For cracks and chips, you may need fillings or a crown, but these are still relatively simple procedures that you can expect to have done in a reasonable time frame.
When it comes to swollen and bleeding gums, there is a chance that you’re combating some level of gingivitis. If you’re dealing with the early stages of gingivitis, then proper care and attention can often clear it up in a short amount of time—around three weeks—but if the gum disease is more advanced, then it may take more intensive treatment and up to several months.