San Antonio Dentistry Tips for Maintaining Healthy Teeth
Many of our brushing and eating habits can cause turmoil within our mouths. Healthy teeth and a disease free mouth are difficult to obtain for some people, and throughout many parts of the world. There are 300 chronic health conditions in the world. Three of these diseases are oral and featured in the top ten: cavities (1), periodontal disease (6) and childhood caries (10). All if untreated can lead to tooth loss and other health problems throughout the body including stroke, heart disease and diabetes. The American Dental Association provides additional information and tips for oral hygiene. For more information on how to maintain clean teeth from the age of 8 to 80, visit the ADA’s website here.
In observance of March 20th’s World Oral Health Day, here are a few tips for maintaining healthy teeth and a disease free mouth.
A Healthy Mouth Brings Healthy Teeth
Many patients still neglect the golden rule of brushing teeth at least twice a day. When brushing your teeth, make sure to brush the gums and the tongue. Brushing your tongue can also help prevent bad breath, and brushing your gums can prevent gingivitis. Additionally, flossing can help remove plaque in hard to reach places. Of course, most people admit their neglect to floss, but flossing is crucial to the maintenance of healthy teeth and a freshly clean mouth.
Watch what you eat
Sugar is one of the leading causes of tooth decay; remember to watch your sugar intake since bacteria use sugar for energy. Additionally, smoking can hinder healthy teeth. Quit smoking to help with gum disease, and countless other health issues.
While what we eat can take a toll on our mouth, on the opposite spectrum, the type of toothpaste we use can help make teeth stronger. Fluoridated toothpaste can strengthen tooth enamel when cavities start to form.
A Yearly Visit to the Dentist
Although it can be dreaded by most, an annual exam and teeth cleaning can remove a year’s worth of plaque buildup and help with gingivitis. Sometimes it is even necessary to place sealants on the back of teeth to help prevent cavities, and pits.
If you have concerns about healthy teeth, or diseases that might be plaguing your mouth, call Wurzbach Parkway Family Dental for an appointment or consultation at 210.877.2273.