Dr. Sherri Worth is well known for her expertise in cosmetic dentistry, and this is perhaps the reason why she has a lineup of celebrity patients; with patients like drummer Tommy Lee, model Victoria Stokes, and actress Anna Kendrick, who all have great things to say about her, Dr. Sherri Worth obviously knows her stuff.
You don't have to be a celebrity to have healthy teeth, though. With basic tips that you can implement at home, you can be sure of teeth you're happy with.
What Does Dr. Sherri Worth Has to Say about Having Healthy Teeth?
Here are some of Dr. Sherri Worth's top tips for healthy teeth:
1. Don't Share Your Toothbrush:It's commonsense to not share your toothbrush, but a lot of us still make this mistake. After all, what harm could there be in sharing your toothbrush with those you care about every once in a while?
According to Dr. Sherri Worth, sharing your toothbrush can lead to the spread of Periodontal disease, commonly known as Gum disease.
Various studies have linked gum disease to other more serious diseases; for example, bacteria that can cause gum diseasehave been linked to Alzheimer's. If that isn't scary enough, then you shouldn't be surprised to find out that gum disease has also been linked to heart disease (Periodontal Disease and Heart Health, WebMD).
So the seemingly harmless act of sharing a toothbrush with someone else could eventually lead to death, because of other serious diseases, down the line.
2. Brush Twice Daily: Dr. Sherri Worth also advocates practicing good dental hygiene for more healthy teeth; according to her, doing something as simple as brushing your teeth twice daily and flossing once a day will not only make you healthy but they'll also improve your natural beauty.
Again, while it is easy to take this advice with a pinch of salt, it is important to realize that it has scientific backing; a 2010 article, titled "Failure to brush your teeth twice a day increases risk of heart disease", published on Scientific American, analyzed various studies on the dangers of not brushing regularly, and it came to the conclusion that failure to brush your teeth twice a day increases your risk of heart disease by 70%.
Another study published early this year, 2013, titled Examining the Association between Oral Health and Oral HPV Infection, revealed that not brushing your teeth and not flossing regularly increases your risk of having HPV by 55%.
Brushing once a day is not enough; to reap the full benefits of brushing your teeth, make sure you do it twice a day. Also, make sure you floss regularly; Dr. Sherri Worth recommends flossing daily. This will also help you prevent stinking breath.
3. Only Use Soft-Bristled Brushes: This applies whether you have healthy or sensitive teeth.
4. Be Careful with What You Eat: Don't just put everything into your mouth. Some foods you should avoid are:
Sour candy; research has shown that due to the high level of acid in it, it can dissolve the enamel of your teeth.
Any acidic food.
If you want whiter teeth, you would also benefit from avoiding the following foods; colas, blueberries, soy sauce, dark cola, and red wine, as they can discolor your teeth.
If you must eat the above foods, or any acidic food, make sure you rinse your mouth out with water after eating. It is also recommended not to brush immediately, since that might increase the harmful effects of acid on your teeth; instead, wait for at least one hour before you brush.
5. Salivate, and Drink a lot of Water: Eat foods that make you salivate as they will help clean your teeth. Dr. Sherri Worth also recommends that you drink a lot of water to replace saliva.