How to Get the Smile You’ve Always Dreamed Of

I didn’t always have a nice set of pearly whites. It’s been a long and sometimes painful road to get the smile that makes everyone stare in envy. It all started with an insane addiction to sodas that slowly but surely rotted my teeth and make the enamel so weak that any impact was devastating. In 2012, I hit my front tooth, and it chipped. Badly. I was too embarrassed to smile or even leave my house. I visited a recommended dentist to get checked out, and he told me that nearly all of my teeth had cavities. I cried…and cried some more. While the rest of my teeth could wait, we went ahead and fixed my visible smile – my canine to canine. Without the aid of my mom’s dental discount that covered me, I would be up to my ears in bills. Porcelain veneers cost a pretty pretty, and from that situation in my life on…I promised to take better care of my teeth, along with limiting the amount of sodas that I consume. 

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If you’re in the market for superb dental insurance, then Guardian Dental has various individual plans that you need to check out. 

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Guardian Dental offers insurance coverage plans, such as

  • Family Dental PPO
  • PLUS Family Plan with EHB (for children)
  • PLUS Family Plan with EHB PLUS (for children)
  • Managed DentalGuard DHMO Plan
  • Managed DentalGuard Family DHMO Plan
  • Family Essentials Dental PPO Plan

Individual plans can be purchased at ANY time throughout the year! There is no need for a qualifying event in order to purchase dental insurance. You never know when something drastic like an unappealing chipped tooth or an excruciating toothache might happen. You’re going to want coverage so you’re not footed with a large bill after your visit! Even if you need something as simple as a cleaning can be costly without dental insurance.

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1. Limit foods, drinks, etc that can stain your teeth, such as sodas, red wine, and cigarettes. If you’re going to consume a drink that can stain your teeth or smoke a cigarette, be sure to brush your teeth soon after!

2. Don’t stick with the same toothbrush for too long! It is recommended that you switch out your toothbrush every two to three months due to icky bacteria. 

3. Don’t place your toothbrush in a drawer, cabinet or any other airtight container. Your toothbrush can’t air out this way, thus encouraging mold growth.

4. Floss! I know, I know. It’s annoying, and it can hurt (and bleed) if you don’t do it often. This is probably the most crucial tip to getting the freshest mouth possible! It removes plaque that flossing and mouthwashing simply can’t reach.

5. Brush 2-3 times a day. Particularly as soon as you wake up in the morning and one of the last things you do before you go to sleep at night. It is also suggested that you brush your teeth after meals. This helps prevent tooth and gum disease. 

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I was selected for this opportunity as a member of Clever Girls and the content and opinions expressed here are all my own.