Did you know that tooth decay is an infection that is the second most common disease, topped only by the common cold? As many as one in four adults have cavities at any given time. Over half of teens also have had cavities. Too often, we take oral health for granted, but it is a crucial element of enjoying our everyday lives. Even if you have slipped recently, it is never too late to develop good oral health habits to prevent dangerous and expensive dental problems down the road.
Knowing what your cavity risk level is begins by undergoing a comprehensive dental examination. Routine exams and discussions with our dental team will give you a better understanding of any needed treatments, as well as any tweaks that you need to make to your diet or oral hygiene routine. Knowing your cavity risk level also lets you know how often you need to visit your dentist. Lower cavity risk means fewer dental appointments.
Ask about your cavity risk level during your next dental exam.
Although it may seem obvious, regular brushing is vital to your oral health, as well as your general health. Many people are unaware of the fact that oral bacteria can actually travel to the heart and eventually damage it. That is why it is so important to catch problems when they are small and easily treatable.
Not to gross you out, but billions of microbes actually make their home in your mouth. This leads to tooth decay when these microbes feed on food and sugar left behind. Their waste forms a biofilm called plaque. The organisms that live here produce acids that wear down your tooth enamel, eventually leading to cavities. Regular brushing and flossing helps rid your mouth of these little buggers so that you can prevent cavities that harm your teeth.
Do you need your daily fix of coffee or soda? When sugars and acids found in these drinks are exposed to your teeth, your risk of developing cavities goes up. Go ahead and enjoy your favorite drinks. But try to limit your consumption, and be sure to rinse your mouth out with water when you are done.
Not only does smoking tobacco lead to numerous medical problems, it poses special risks to your gums and teeth. The harm goes beyond merely staining your teeth. Smoking can result in gum disease, eventual tooth loss, and even oral cancer. You owe it to yourself and your family to stop this dangerous habit.
Your team at Image Dental & Orthodontics is always ready to help you with any dental problems that you may have. Keep brushing and flossing and maintaining your regular dental checkups. If you should develop any problems, we will handle the rest. Call today to schedule an appointment for yourself or a family member.