Our teeth require special care and attention just like any other part of our bodies.
As the world moves faster and our lives become busier, developing and maintaining a self-care routine is of high priority. A proper preventative care routine should be at the top of your list. Fighting off oral complications such as gum disease, cavities and mouth cancer is best achieved by building and maintaining a comprehensive oral health routine.
What is preventative care, and why you should care about it
Preventative care consists of both the oral health care habits you make for yourself at home, as well as making routine visits to your dentist for services such as scaling and polishing. When it comes to fighting tooth loss, it's decay and gum disease that are the culprits to be blamed.
The better prepared you are to fight/treat tooth decay and gum disease, the more likely you’ll be to keep your lovely smile for life.
How can a dental expert contribute to a preventative care routine?
At M Street Dental, we take pride in helping our clients optimize their oral health through education, ongoing and personalized support, as well as helping consumers develop the tools necessary to keep their teeth/gums as healthy as possible.
Now that we’ve covered a few of the basics, let’s go over a couple of the common questions/concerns that come along with building a preventative care routine.
When it comes to your oral health, foods, and drinks containing sugar can cause tooth decay. We suggest trying to eliminate unnecessary sugars whenever possible and give your teeth/gums the diet they deserve to thrive best. Diets that are high in fruits, vegetables, and minerals can help combat gum disease and help to prevent oral cancer(s).
The answer is, yes.
Smoking and drinking, despite the research supporting the adverse effects they have on our health, has become a part of our social fabric. That being said, it is important that we understand the impact these habits have on our well-being- and of course, our oral health.
Smoking (nicotine) can lead to vasoconstriction - decreased blood flow to gum tissues. This decreases your body's ability to fight gum disease. Also, smoking often causes dry mouth. Our saliva has many protective factors to defend from gum disease and decay. It is well understood that alcoholic beverages can cause mouth cancer. Not to mention, the combination of both smoking and drinking makes for a perfect storm - a storm that leaves you more at risk of developing oral complications such as mouth cancer(s).
Alcoholic beverages are often high in sugars and certain acids which can add to tooth decay and erosion.
What Can YOU do to Build/Maintain a Preventative Care Routine?
Much like the food we choose to put in our bodies and the exercise we make a priority out of, building/maintaining a preventative care routine comes down to a few simple rules.
Let’s have a look.
Self-care can be a complicated subject. Preventative oral care, and the health of our teeth, is no exception to this. But, it doesn’t have to be. At M-Street Dental, we have made it our mission to take away the stress of caring for your teeth, helping you achieve the smile you’ve always wanted, and answering any of the questions you have along the way.
Get in touch with one of our dental experts today. We can’t wait to hear from you.