Thursday, 11 February 2010

Ten top tips for truly kissable lips

With Valentine's day in mind here are the Longborough ten top tips for truly kissable lips.

Luscious lips
Cold winter weather can lead to dry cracked lips (not very attractive) so use a good lip salve regularly. Lips can burn easily in the summer too (or even when skiing) so it's a good idea to use a lip salve with an SPF.
Check your breath
A quick tip for checking your breath is to simply lick the inside of your wrist. Wait for this to dry and then check the smell. A sour or sickly sweet odour means your mouth needs attention. If your oral hygiene is good this could indicate other problems so you should visit your dentist.
Tasty teeth
We recommend that you brush thoroughly with fluoride toothpaste for at least two minutes twice a day. Don’t forget to clean in between your teeth with floss or special ‘mini’ brushes. Bacteria can accumulate in these hard to reach areas and may result in gum disease which is a frequent cause of bad breath.
Clean that tongue
Bad breath can also be caused by bacteria that hide in the rough surface of your tongue, where they breed and release volatile sulphur compounds (unpleasant odours to you and me). So clean your tongue thoroughly with a brush or tongue scraper when you brush your teeth.
Mouth washes & gum
Good antibacterial fluoride mouthwashes can help to keep breath fresh and they also fight cavities and strengthen teeth. Chewing sugar-free gum helps with oral care and can give you fresh breath confidence when you need it most.
Drink plenty of water
It is recommended that you drink two litres of water a day. Drinking water regularly will ensure your mouth stays well hydrated and help keep your breath fresh.
Give up smoking
No mouth is truly kissable with 'ashtray breath,' but this problem will disappear when you give up cigarettes! Most importantly if you stop smoking you also reduce the chances of getting gum disease and mouth cancer.
Visit your Hygienist
You should visit a hygienist regularly to maintain your oral hygiene so for that special date book an appointment and give your confidence a fresh breath boost!
Take a look in the mirror
A last minute check will ensure nothing can spoil your smile. Remember you can't always feel if something is lodged between your teeth! A quick glance in the mirror could prevent that spinach becoming a Valentine's Day disaster…

If you are not happy with your smile or any aspect of your mouth and teeth contact Longborough Dental Practice and ask about our smile clinic. We can give you the smile you always wanted.