If you read the news or you like to flick through magazines now and again, you may have noticed that the results of surveys often reveal that people consider ‘a nice smile’ as the most attractive quality in a partner. Other polls also suggest that people perceive those who have a bright and healthy smile as more trustworthy than those with poor oral health and employers are more likely to hire somebody with an attractive smile than somebody who clearly neglects their oral hygiene. In short, your smile is important for a number of reasons and the good news is that it only takes a small amount of effort to maintain good oral health and keep your teeth feeling strong and looking shiny and bright. The first thing to consider is your oral hygiene routine; if you’re not brushing your teeth twice a day, every day for at least 2 minutes each time, you could be at risk of decay and gum disease, as well as bad breath and stained teeth. Flossing can also be hugely beneficial, as it removes plaque and bacteria from the places you struggle to reach with a toothbrush. Your diet is the best thing to think about. Many of us enjoy a sweet treat now and again, but if you’re consuming sweets, chocolate bars and biscuits on a daily basis or washing down your lunch with a can of fizzy pop or a sports drink, then this could lead to serious problems. Sugary foods cause bacteria in your mouth to attack and erode the protective enamel layer of the teeth. In order to ensure your teeth stay healthy and strong, keep an eye on your diet, brush and floss with dedication and see your dentist for a routine check-up every 6 months: it really is as simple as that!