You brush and floss your teeth, so you feel pretty confident about the condition of your oral health. You should be in great shape, right? Your dentist says there’s more to the equation of dental health, though. He reveals the other factors that play big roles in your wellness and determine how prone you are to cavities. Learn what they are and how important preventive dentistry is as you continue reading.
Brushing Isn’t Enough? What Else Affects My Oral Health?
Although brushing and flossing your teeth are very important keys to your dental wellness, here are some other factors to keep in mind:
- Diet – The foods you eat play a huge role in how susceptible you are to cavities. It’s counterproductive to brush and floss throughout the day if you’re constantly consuming snacks high in sugars and other processed chemicals. They attract bacteria – the main source of tooth decay and gum disease. By seeking healthy alternatives like fruits and vegetables, you will be working to positively change the environment inside your mouth.
- Dry Mouth – If you find yourself constantly feeling like your mouth is dry, this could spell a problem, as it’s the perfect environment for bacteria to grow. This may be a response to a particular medication you’re taking, a sickness or other issues. Some remedies are to use a mouthwash to restore moisture and drink more water.
- Gum Recession – If you’ve had issues with your oral hygiene in the past, you may be experiencing gum recession. This is a condition caused by prolonged inflammation of your soft tissues, which leaves the vulnerable roots of your teeth more exposed to bacteria. Thus, your normal brushing and flossing habits won’t suffice in preventing further bacteria infection. You’ll need to visit your dentist so that he can assess your situation and suggest a plan of action.
The Power of Preventive Dentistry!
The problems mentioned above range from simple to more complex, but can all be prevented from reaching their crescendo points by maintaining regular visits with your dentist for cleanings and checkups. He’ll be sure to remove any harmful plaque and tartar that have collected on your teeth and gums, which will contribute to cavities and other more serious problems if not addressed.
Furthermore, your specialist will also perform a tedious examination to ensure that there are no problems lurking in the shadows waiting to emerge. Coupling these semi-annual appointments with your brushing and flossing habits will truly give you the confidence of knowing that you are protected and healthy!
About the Author
Dr. Neil Flenniken earned his Doctor of Dental Surgery degree from Howard University. A highly credentialed professional, he has since gone on to earn a Fellowship from the Academy of General Dentistry and is an Associate Fellow at the American Academy of Implant Dentistry. In addition, Dr. Flenniken is a graduate of the prestigious Las Vegas Institute for Advanced Studies (LVI). He offers comprehensive and expert care at Monarch Dentistry and can be reached for more information through his website.