When it comes to your oral health, it’s a great advantage to have a plan and stick to it. Whether you’re a lone wolf and just trying to ensure a legacy of health for yourself, or if you’re a parent trying to pass that same legacy of good oral health to your children, making a strong routine will act as great preventative medicine for your teeth. After all, good oral health is strongly linked to good overall health. Gum disease is linked to all sorts of other health problems, serious problems like heart disease, too. But that’s a whole separate blog topic altogether.
Think about being in this for the long haul. You want to keep the original set of teeth that your good lord gave you, ready for a lifetime of use. Here are some steps and measures that you can take in order to prevent more costly procedures down the road. We can call this “preventative dentistry,” if you will.
Know Your Teeth and Know Your Particular Needs
No mouth is created equal. That’s why police often request dental records of a person; because no two set of teeth are exactly the same. It’s like a fingerprint. Talk with your dentist at Bedford Dental Group. Through regular check-ups and screenings, we can have a great idea of what’s going on with your teeth. Through careful examination and observation, we can learn more about your special conditions. It’s important to know what’s going on with your overall health, too. Cancer screenings, heart disease, diabetes, dental appliances (braces and dentures), can all affect your oral health. Be upfront with us about any sudden health changes or changes in lifestyle. Remember, we’re on your team.
Develop and Perfect a Daily Routine for Your Teeth
Work with your dentist to devise a productive and manageable daily routine. Your routine will work out better if it’s easy to follow and simple to keep. You want to have consistency. Make sure you understand any additional healthcare measures you need to take if you have special circumstances (pregnancy, preexisting health conditions). You may require special instruction and require additional support in order to keep your mouth as healthy as it can be.
Some people might be bent out of shape that fluoride is in our water supply, but it is considered one of the great health advancements of the last century. Both children and adults stand to benefit from fluoride use. Fluoride will strengthen your teeth and prevent tooth decay — for both children and adults! There are several toothpastes and mouthwashes that contain fluoride as an active ingredient. Fluoride levels in tap water may not be enough without outside supplementation. If you don’t drink tap water, this is especially important to take into consideration. You can always contact your water utility company to determine the fluoride level in your area.
Eat a Balanced Diet and Practice Structured Snacking
This might be one of the most important and most difficult lifestyle changes to make. Snacking frequently, especially on foods with sugar and starches (cookies, pies, cakes, candy, dark berries, raisins, ice cream, potato chips, sodas and other soft drinks) will end up damaging your teeth, producing acids that cause tooth decay. If you can manage to pack a travel toothbrush with you, it can do wonders for your teeth if you can brush after snacking. Otherwise, it’s a good idea to have planned snacks to limit tooth exposure.
The Time is Now to Quit Using Tobacco Products
Smoking cigs or using chewing tobacco products will increase your risk of oral cancer, in addition to other cancers of the larynx, esophagus, and pharynx. Smoking can lead to gum disease, bad breath, and tooth discoloration, in addition to other health problems like lung disease. If you make a proactive oral health plan, that can be a fantastic springboard into a new lifestyle.
Lastly, Visit Bedford Dental Group Regularly
Keep your bi-annual visits with Bedford Dental Group, that way we can keep you under observation and chart your progress. We can also catch anything before it becomes a real problem. We look forward to seeing you out here!