4 Tips to Prevent Oral Health Problems

oral-healthIn most circumstances, it is easier to prevent a problem than to correct it. This is especially true where oral health is concerned. Your dentist has a huge toolkit of restorative options at their disposal when it comes to healing a problem with your teeth or gums, but there are at least four very simple ways to avoid oral health challenges.

4 Preventative Tips To Vanquish Oral Health Problems

  1. Learn how to brush and floss your teeth properly. Daily flossing and twice-daily brushing are the foundation of oral self-care. Ask your dental team about the proper ways to brush and floss, and you will increase the effectiveness of your at-home regimen.
  2. Do not use tobacco products. Smoking cigarettes, vaping e-cigarettes, and using chewing tobacco all increase risks to your oral health – including oral cancer, gum disease, and worn-down teeth. If you are struggling to quit, talk to your family doctor about support options to make it easier. Many options are available at low or no cost.
  3. Visit your dentist regularly, and ask for an oral cancer screening. Your dentist can determine the best frequency for office visits, given your current oral health. In addition to a dental exam and cleaning at each visit, if you ask for an oral cancer screening, your dentist can check for signs of cancer in your mouth, throat, gums, and larynx.
  4. Practice “defensive nutrition” to keep oral health problems at bay. It’s much simpler to eat in a way that enhances your oral health if you stock your fridge with teeth-friendly vegetables and fruits such as apples, berries, and carrots. It’s also healthiest to replace sodas and energy drinks with bottled water.

“Regardless of the current state of your oral health, there is a lot you can do – with the right level of commitment and self-discipline – to improve it and reduce the odds of future challenges,” says Dr. Carol Ford, central-Phoenix dentist and founder of Dr. Carol Ford & Associates.

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