How to Avoid Dental Problems

Posted on: Saturday, May 20th, 2017

Nobody hopes to endure dental problems, but they often occur nonetheless due to less-than-optimal dietary choices and oral hygiene habits. Fortunately, it’s never too late to improve your own dental health by utilizing these tips and tricks.

Prevent Bad Breath

Bad breath, formally known as halitosis, can be extremely embarrassing, but it can also be prevented. Bad breath forms when food particles linger in the mouth and generate acid and bacteria that create an unpleasant smell. If not resolved, this can lead to infection, which makes the bad odor even worse. The simple acts of brushing your teeth, flossing, and using a tongue scraper to remove bacteria can dramatically improve your halitosis.

Avoid Gum Disease

Gum disease is a complex culmination of many different oral problems, and it’s too serious to ignore. The early stage of gum disease is known as gingivitis, and it is mild enough to reverse with proper oral hygiene habits. Gingivitis causes red and swollen gums and bleeding during brushing, but it can be resolved and avoided in the future through regular brushing, flossing, and smart food choices. Periodontitis is the advanced stage of gum disease that requires more intense treatments to resolve, such as gum graft surgery, periodontal pocket reduction, scaling, root planing, and antibiotics.

Eliminate Tooth Sensitivity

Many people are familiar with the zinging sensations of tooth sensitivity. This occurs when the dentin, which serves as a layer of protection for nerves, becomes compromised. There are many preventative steps that will protect the dentin’s integrity, such as brushing softly with an electrical toothbrush and minimizing the number of acidic and sugary foods and beverages you eat and drink each day. Oil pulling is another smart technique because it pulls bacteria and toxins out of the mouth, in turn minimizing the chances of decay or infection.

Stop Decay and Erosion

Keeping your teeth healthy and free from decay and erosion does not have to be a complicated task. If you brush and floss regularly, use a tongue scraper, eat a minimal amount of sugary and acidic foods, and visit Natural & Cosmetic Dentistry every six months, you will be on your way to success. If you are already struggling with a dental problem or simply want to confirm that your mouth is as healthy as you think, Dr. Beata Carlson and Dr. Amber Gilton at Natural and Cosmetic Dentistry in Clearwater, Florida are here to give you all of the help you need with gentle conservative, minimally invasive, and natural dental care. Call (727) 888-6523 to make your first appointment at Natural & Cosmetic Dentistry today.    

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