Bad Habits to Avoid to Preserve Your Oral Health
Preserving your oral health can be deceptively simple. The teeth seem sturdy enough, constructed of bone-like material secured in a gummy ridge. But if one neglects to take care of their teeth, their smile rapidly deteriorates. There are some habits that will accelerate decay and make your journey towards optimal oral health even more difficult.
Avoid the following habits to preserve the health of your teeth and their supporting structures.
Neglecting to Floss
Some people may find flossing a cumbersome chore. But with handheld floss pics and water powered devices, flossing is easier and more convenient than ever before.
Remember to floss at least once a day. If you normally don’t floss, you may find the amount of plaque that has accumulated to be alarming. This plaque will eat away at your teeth and cause decay if not promptly removed.
Smoking cigarettes is a bad habit in general, with particularly adverse effects on the wellness of your oral structure. This habit weakens your immune system by causing the body to produce fewer antibodies. When coupled with bad oral health care habits, smoking becomes a fast track to gum disease. With gum disease being the leading cause of tooth loss, smoking is just not worth the risk.
Not Drinking Enough Water
When the body is dehydrated, it isn’t functioning at its highest potential. Without enough water to keep the whole body hydrated, the salivary glands can’t produce as they should. The surfaces of teeth and gums both benefit greatly from an adequate coating of saliva. Saliva protects the smile from food particles that feed bacteria and begins to neutralize the bacteria itself. Keep in mind that the enamel needs saliva to complete its regenerative processes, and without enamel, the sensitive dentin layer is exposed and vulnerable to decay.
Avoiding the Dentist
Despite anxieties, discomfort, or financial restrictions, visiting the dentist is an imperative aspect of your dental care. If you avoid visiting the dentist until there are already complications, this bad habit is creating unnecessary problems in your life.
Visit the dentist at a minimum of twice per year, or as recommended by the doctor. Regular visits are opportune times to catch problems before they develop and to prevent any longstanding complications.
Let the kind staff at the office of Dr. Ruiz and Associates help you reach your optimal oral health. With our patience and expertise, we can help you and your family smile healthy for years to come. For more information, please feel free to browse our site or give us a call. Here’s to your best oral health yet!