What Your Smile Is Telling You About Your Oral Health

If you’re the person who your friends and family can never get to smile for a photo, you’re not alone. In fact, many people hate to smile for the camera because they feel self conscious about their smile or just hate the overall appearance of their teeth. From yellow teeth to bleeding gums, this article will discuss what your smile is telling you about your oral health.

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  1. Crooked Teeth
    Crooked teeth are embarrassing to show off during a family photo op. However, a mouse ful of metal braces can be equally as embarrassing. Crooked teeth could be an indication that there is an overcrowding in your mouth that is causing all of your teeth to slowly squish together. An overcrowded mouth can not only look unappealing but it can also cause troubles with jaw alignment and common things such as being able to chew your food properly. Speak with your dentist or orthodontist about ways in which you can fix your crooked teeth.
  2. Bleeding Gums
    If you suffer from bleeding gums a lot, it can not only make you feel less human and more like a vampire, but it can also be an indication of an underlying issue such as gum disease. Gum disease typically causes your gums to feel sore, look red, be gentle to the touch, and may even cause your gums to bleed as well. If you suffer from bleeding gums, contact your dentist right away to see if you have gum disease or other dental related issue.
  3. Yellow Teeth
    If you used to have a whiter smile and have slowly started to notice that your smile is a lot more yellow than it was before, you probably have a buildup of plaque, tartar, or even surface stains. To get rid of your yellow teeth, try avoiding dark beverages like coffee, black tea, and red wine, and try brushing your teeth a few times a day with a whitening toothpaste— these two things alone should help to whiten your teeth.

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