2 Smile Busters To Watch For

Quick! When you think of a beautiful smile, what do you think about? You might have thought about white teeth, or a smile that looks comfortable and natural. We can help with teeth-whitening in Ankeny Iowa, or with cosmetic procedures that enhance the natural beauty of a smile. But let’s talk for a minute about two things that might not jump to the forefront of your thoughts, yet still have a bearing on how a smile is perceived by others.

Chapped Lips

Chapped lips are not only uncomfortable, they can put a damper on your ability to smile and laugh with others. As lips are without any natural oil glands, they can easily get dried out, especially with outdoor winds, and the drying heat inside. Severely chapped lips can even cause eating and smiling to be painful activities. Give your lips extra attention in the winter months, by covering them with a protective layer of chapstick, lip balm, petroleum jelly or lipstick. Drink plenty of water, and do your best to refrain from licking your lips, even when they feel dry.

Smelly Breath

Bad breath is off-putting, even for the loveliest of smiles. While some bad breath is a temporary side effect of eating certain foods, bad breath that lingers can be a sign of dental distress. We will mention any odors, and check into their causes at your preventive care appointments, and if you notice odors or funky taste sensations between appointments, please call our caring office staff. They can schedule a visit and make sure your breath isn’t detracting from our smile.

Smile Busters Don’t Have to Be Part of Your Life

Don’t let trouble spots like chapped lips or bad breath put a damper on your smile. For more information, schedule a consultation by calling Dental Impressions in Ankeny, IA immediately at (515) 965-0230. We also proudly serve patients who live in Alleman, Elkhart, Bondurant, and all surrounding communities.