Top 5 Threats to Your Dental Health

The consequences of ignoring of your dental health can be serious: tooth decay, cavities, gum disease, tooth loss, and significant appearance issues. The good news is that you have a great deal of control over your dental health, and you can start to improve it immediately. Learn the five top threats to your long-term dental health, and you can limit their damage to your smile.

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Beating The Top 5 Threats To Your Dental Health

  1. Poor daily oral health habits. Brush your teeth at least twice a day, and floss once daily. If oral care is physically challenging for you, ask your dentist for alternatives to traditional dental tools.
  2. Avoiding regular dental checkups. Dodging dental visits deprives you of the chance to have dental plaque removed and for the dentist to assess your overall dental health.
  3. Ignoring your diet/beverage choices. Your food and drink choices play a pivotal role in how healthy your mouth is. Your dental care team can advise on what to eat and drink and what to avoid.
  4. Not treating dental injuries promptly. A chip or crack in your tooth – whether from being hit in the mouth or from biting down on a hard food – should be examined as soon as possible. Dental infections can lead to abscesses requiring a root canal or tooth extraction.
  5. Not caring for the health of your gums. The health of your gums is related to the health of your teeth. Dental health activities that reduce plaque will help your gums stay healthy, as will properly managing conditions such as diabetes.

“Regardless of the current state of your dental health, there are habits you can start practicing to neutralize the most common threats to your teeth and gums,” says Dr. Carol Ford, a cosmetic dentist practicing in central Phoenix and the founder of Dr. Carol Ford & Associates. “See us, and we can help you get started.”

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