Healthy teeth depend on many factors, and if you’re not careful you can fall into habits that cause dental problems. Aside from regular brushing and flossing, you have to be careful what you’re eating and drinking. We’ll now look at a few typical mistakes that can contribute to tooth and gum problems.
Alcohol and smoking are two things that will impact the health of your mouth to include your teeth. If you smoke plus drink coffee, then you’re aware of the double duty necessary to stay free of stains. Aside from staining your teeth, smoking puts you at greater risk for gum disease and also for oral cancer. Tobacco users who don’t smoke but rather put it in their mouths are not immune to the same problems. Everything is really the same because the teeth staining occurs and the chance for disease. If you’re on any medications, don’t make the mistake of ignoring symptoms or side effects they might be causing to your mouth. Side effects with medications are common, and you should always pay attention to them. Don’t overlook the side effect of having a dry mouth, for example. You might experience this as mild discomfort, but it also can cause harm to your teeth and gums. Saliva kills germs and bacteria, so if you’re lacking it you are inviting problems. That’s why a symptom such as a dry mouth should be reported to your doctor immediately. You might be able to take a different medication without this side effect. Something like having a dry mouth can be more serious than many people realize.
Vegetables and fruits are good for you in a number of ways, as you have probably heard. This kind of food is high in fiber and vital nutrients that your body needs. However, not everyone knows that many such foods are also healthy for your teeth and gums. When you bite into a crisp fruit like an apple, or vegetable such as a carrot, you’re giving your mouth a natural cleaning. If such a food is the last thing you eat at a meal, you’ll be giving your mouth a nice cleaning. Eating fruits and vegetables as healthy snacks is also a good idea. Many people still don’t eat enough vegetables and fruits, and the fact that they clean your mouth is one of many reasons to eat more of them. You can improve the health of your teeth and mouth by giving them proper care and by avoiding the kind of mistakes we’ve described in this article. A lot can happen in six months with your teeth, and you can prevent it with daily practices. How about your kids if you have them? You need to set the example for them and also teach them to care for their teeth. Proper oral healthcare is an investment in your health and quality of life later on.