5 Ways to Improve Your Smile

Dr. Dean Salo

Your smile can affect the way you are perceived. A 2008 study revealed that people with whiter teeth are viewed as more attractive and smarter than those with darker teeth. Dr. Dean Salo knows that loving your smile is important so here are 5 tips that will help you improve yours.


  1. Bad Breath

Causes of bad breath include gum disease, poor oral hygiene, mouth sores, chronic inflammation of the nose/throat, smoking, dry mouth, and smelly foods. The best way to get rid of your bad breath is to drink a lot of water, floss, and brush twice a day (remember your tongue). If you wear a retainer or other mouth appliances, make sure you are cleaning them daily. Chronic bad breath can also be a sign of a more serious disorder so be sure to check in with your physician if this occurs.

  1. Healthy Gums

Brushing twice a day and flossing at least once a day will help keep your mouth healthy. Periodontal disease is an infection caused by plaque buildup that makes your gums red, puffy and bloody. Do your best to prevent gum disease by scheduling regular checkups with a dentist, like Dr. Dean Salo, and keeping up good oral hygiene habits.

  1. Teeth Whitening

Whitening results can be obtained by using specific toothpaste, mouth washes, and chewing gum but for faster results try using white strips. Speak with your dentist for more whitening information.

  1. Dental HygieneDr. Dean Salo

The easiest way to make sure you’re taking care of your teeth is to use fluoride toothpaste and floss every day. Whitening toothpaste is also beneficial for removing stains but will not change the color of your teeth.

  1. Bleaching Agents

Dentin is the bony tissue underneath enamel that makes up the composition of our teeth. As our enamel thins, the dentin layer determines tooth color. If your dentin layer is yellowish, use a peroxide-bleaching agent to whiten the coloring. Bleaching agents include over-the-counter paint-on whiteners and whitening strips. These are a cheap, effective way to procure a better, whiter smile.


About Dr. Dean Salo

Dr. Dean Salo is a cosmetic dentist who serves patients from the greater Los Angeles area. He is dedicated to providing high-quality service and procuring results that you will be proud of. For more information and questions about scheduling, financial policies and insurance, contact Dr. Dean Salo’s office at 323.933.2400 or visit his website http://www.deansalo.com.



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