This four-part article series discusses 8 important tips for good oral health over and above the standard brushing, flossing and rinsing regime.
Everyone wants a healthy mouth because a healthy mouth often means a beautiful smile, fresh breath and eating without discomfort or difficulty. A healthy mouth also saves you all the restorative expenses incurred by bad oral health, cavities, tooth decay, gum disease and tooth loss. “But brushing and flossing are really only the ABC’s of what it takes to keep your mouth in beautiful condition,” says an experienced new teeth specialist in New York. “There are a number of very important things patients could be doing or avoiding in order to prevent the oral diseases that deteriorate oral health.”
In this four-part article series, we shall be examining 8 tips for greater oral health, which means a broader, brighter smile for New York residents!
1. Book an Appointment with the Dentist
You should see your dentist at least once a year, even if you think there’s nothing wrong with your teeth. “The diseases that cause tooth loss typically don’t present with pain, especially in the beginning stages and this makes them easy for patients to ignore,” says a dental implant specialist in New York. “If you go for regular professional dental check-ups, your dentist will be able to diagnose potential problems in their infancy and provide you with treatment before infection or decay has a chance to do permanent damage.”
But I’m worried about the expense. If my teeth seem fine, surely I can put off a dental appointment.
50% of New York residents put off that essential annual appointment with the dentist either out of a concern for finances or because they suffer from a phobia of dental treatment. “The ironic thing is, patients who avoid the dentist to save money are more likely to have to spend triple the amount, if not more, on restorative treatment for problems that could have easily and inexpensively been addressed earlier on,” says a new teeth specialist in New York. “Prevention is always better and less expensive than cure. So even if you suffer from a phobia of the dentist, it will serve you in the long run to face those annual appointments. Rather that than gum disease, tooth decay, tooth loss and the need for surgery!”
Another important reason for regularly scheduled appointments with a dentist is for early cancer detection, especially if you are a smoker or alcohol drinker.
2. Say "So Long” to Soda
You may enjoy an ice-cold fizzy beverage every now and then, but when you find yourself treating soda as a daily staple, you will in all likelihood be at a substantially greater risk of tooth decay than someone who quenches his or her thirst with water. “Soda is not only packed with sugar, it’s also very acidic,” says a dental implant specialist in New York. “Your standard can of pop contains citric acid and phosphoric acid, both of which soften the protective enamel covering your teeth. This leaves them more vulnerable to erosion and to cavities.”
Cut down on the amount of soda you drink. A glass once a day or every two days won’t harm you, but if you drink much more than that, it will take a toll on the health of your teeth in the long run. If you find water a total bore, you might consider adding a squeeze of lemon and/or some crushed mint leaves to it to give it a bit of a kick! Add crushed berries to the mix and you’ve got yourself a real party for your taste buds!
Stay Tuned for Part 2...
To read more advice from new teeth specialists in New York about the various things we can do to really keep our teeth and gums in pristine condition, stay tuned for the second installment of this four-part article series.