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Dentist: Good dental health needed before improving smile
Updated: 3/26/2009 3:00:31 PM

Dentist: Good dental health needed before improving smile People interested in cosmetic dentistry to improve their appearance may want to ensure they have good dental health before having surgery, according to a California dentist.

Dr. Kevin Sands said cosmetic work on one's smile cannot be done well unless the bite is correct, jaw muscles are relaxed and a person's gums are healthy.

Without administering routine dental care, such as nightly teeth cleanings and flossing, people may not be able to get dental procedures like teeth whitening and porcelain veneers.

Sands also suggests potential cosmetic dentistry patients keep in mind that this type of surgery affects a person's entire face, meaning a person's smile will be done "with an awareness of how your lips cover or uncover your teeth when you smile."

Doing tiny adjustments such as cosmetic dentistry have been rising in popularity with some people using it as a way to stand out when looking for work.

Keeping up one's dental health has other advantages such as reducing the risk of tooth decay which, if left untreated, can lead to other conditions such as heart disease and diabetes.

The American Dental Association recommends brushing twice a day, flossing daily, eating a balanced diet and visiting your dentist regularly to maintain optimal dental health.

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