There are several good reasons to take good care of your teeth. Tooth decay and gum disease are both painful and dangerous to your health. Minor problems can escalate into major ones if you don’t pay attention to them, and this can end up costing a lot of money to fix. Yet, with the right self care, you have a good chance of preventing or even reversing major dental problems. To help you keep your oral health as good as possible, we’ll be discussing some common teeth care mistakes that are often made.
People generally know how bad smoking is for teeth, but they probably don’t know or think about what alcohol does, too. If you smoke plus drink coffee, then you’re aware of the double duty necessary to stay free of stains. Other nasty things can arise like gum problems and various conditions, and then there are cancer concerns. Tobacco users who don’t smoke but rather put it in their mouths are not immune to the same problems. Just look at people who chew tobacco, they have teeth that are seriously not white at all. Certain commonly prescribed medications can cause mouth and dental issues -don’t make the mistake of disregarding any such side effects. Quite a few drugs cause a wide range of side effects, including dental issues. A dry mouth is one of the most common side effects of many drugs. This is not only uncomfortable, it increases the chances of developing tooth decay and gum problems. Saliva performs a vital function in your mouth, cleansing and disinfecting. Side effects should always be mentioned to your doctor, especially if you have to take the medication long term. You may be able to get a change in prescription. In the long run, these side effects can cause serious dental problems.
You can improve your health in many ways by increasing your intake of fresh fruit and vegetables. They contain many important nutrients, such as minerals, vitamins and antioxidants. While juices can be healthy, as well as nutritional supplements, eating fresh fruits and vegetables can be very beneficial to your teeth. Any crunchy fruits and vegetables, such as apples, pears and carrots, cleanse and disinfect your mouth as you chew them. Eating such foods in between meals or after other foods is especially beneficial. Also consider them as snacks, as they’re much healthier for your teeth (and whole body) than most other popular snacks. A lack of fruits and vegetables in your diet can cause all kinds of problems, and these foods are even good for your teeth.
Your teeth and the mistakes that can aggravate good oral health are to be avoided at just about all costs. Try to stay away from telling yourself you’ll make an appointment tomorrow, etc. However, it’s well worth the effort to take the time to monitor your dental health. When you do what you know is right, then you’ll be in good shape from here on out.