cleaning up your smile

cleaning up your smileMaryville, Alcoa and Knoxville TN

Have you heard of the new show on Netflix, Tidying Up? It’s based on the philosophy of Marie Kondo, a Japanese organization expert that helps her clients become empathetic toward their belongings in an effort to rid their homes of any items that do not spark joy. Ultimately, her method referred to as KonMari, teaches you to become neat, and tidy, and only hold on to the necessities in life that create joy within yourself. Now, how does this relate to your smile?

Family dentist in Maryville Dr. Ben Sentell would like to discuss some common oral health problems and how you can clean up your smile using the KonMari method. While you can’t really throw away any teeth that you don’t like, take a moment to really evaluate your smile. How do you feel when you see your smile looking back at you in the mirror? Does your smile spark you joy? If it doesn’t, read on.

Spark joy by keeping a clean mouth

Let’s start with overall oral health. We all are recommended to brush our teeth twice a day and floss daily. If you aren’t doing this, your smile may not be sparking as much joy inside of you as it could. Taking care of your teeth by practicing good oral hygiene helps prevent stains from building up, which would make your teeth dingy and yellow, and it also helps prevent gum disease and lowers your risk of cavities.

Spark joy by seeing your Maryville dentist regularly

While we certainly are excited to see you, we understand that going to the dentist, even if it is just to get your teeth cleaned, may not spark joy for you, although it is a necessary part of maintaining good oral health. No matter how good of a brusher you are, your teeth still accumulate tartar buildup that only can be removed by a dental cleaning. Not only will keeping your mouth clean and healthy make your teeth look better, but your breath will smell fresher too. The American Dental Association recommends everyone get a professional dental cleaning twice per year, although certain oral health conditions may warrant more frequent cleanings.

Spark joy by taking care of your immediate oral health needs

During your checkups, Dr. Sentell will review your oral health to see if there are any areas of concern such as cavities, periodontal pockets that may indicate early-stage gum disease or any cracked or fractured teeth in need of repair. It is best to have these issues taken care of when they are identified because ignoring the problems will only make matters worse. Cavities that are ignored eventually get bigger, causing the entire tooth to succumb to decay. Gum disease, if left untreated, eventually results in loose teeth, or even lost teeth. Furthermore, it is doubtful that broken or fractured teeth will bring you joy. If you experience these aesthetic concerns, talk to Dr. Sentell about your options for cosmetic dentistry. The point is, take care of oral health concerns as soon as possible so that your smile sparks joy inside of you when you look in the mirror.

We can create smiles that spark joy

At Cedar Street Family Dentistry, our goal is to create smiles that spark joy. If you are unhappy with your smile, schedule a consultation to speak with Dr. Sentell about the best options suited for your oral health needs. We also can discuss what it means to practice good oral hygiene and show you brushing and flossing techniques that you can practice at home to maintain your oral health. To learn more, please contact our office by calling (865) 233-7640. We welcome patients of Alcoa, Knoxville, and Maryville, Tennessee.