How well you care for your teeth and gums has a powerful effect on your overall health. Neglecting your oral health lead to more than just sore teeth and bad breath, it can open the door to all sorts of health problems, including some pretty nasty diseases like oral cancer. Make sure to schedule an appointment to have your teeth, mouth, and gums inspected. We will check them to ensure they are healthy. X-rays can also be done to notice any cavities. X-rays allow us to see between the teeth and the roots of each tooth. If there is an issue, we can fix it before it becomes a larger or more costly cavity.
How your Lifestyle Affects your Oral Health
A number of dietary habits and lifestyle factors can affect oral health. It is important to keep your mouth the healthiest it can be. If your regular diet contains quite a bit of sugar consumption, it can contribute to tooth decay and also gum issues. Bacteria that is in the mouth will thrive on an environment that consist of sugar. Also smoking can affect your mouth. Using tobacco products can cause gum disease, tooth decay, and oral cancer. Cigars can also cause issues with your throat. The smoke from tobacco has a toxic effect on gum tissue and can interfere with the blood flow. It will also stain your teeth and cause bad breath. If you drink a lot, it can result in a dehydrated mouth. This allows the bacteria to run rampant. If you notice that you typically have a dry mouth, make sure to visit us and we can inspect your mouth and teeth for any sign of an issue.
Keeping your Mouth Healthy
To maintain your oral health, and overall good health, see us regularly to head off any problems early. You should also practice good oral hygiene at home by carefully brushing and flossing your teeth regularly in order to prevent plaque from accumulating and causing an issue. If you start to experience pain or an issue in a tooth, make sure to schedule an appointment to have it checked. Waiting longer will only increase the pain and severity of the cavity. If you ever have any questions, make sure to contact us so we can provide you with the best oral health tips to keep your mouth happy and healthy.