Being able to relate to your fellow man and woman is always nice. We have more in common with each other than some would like to believe and unfortunately that includes bad habits. Forming a bad habit can happen quickly, but breaking it can take a long time. The solution? Do your best to make the best decisions possible the first time around. Preventing something is always easier than having to remedy it later on.
Good dental health is no different. It has been ingrained into all of us that the best way to achieve a healthy smile is to brush, floss, rinse and repeat daily. Seeing your Ottawa dentist at least twice a year is also important as they are able to more thoroughly clean and inspect the hard to reach areas of the mouth. However knowing something and doing something are two different things. All too often people end up developing bad habits or ignoring the symptoms of poor dental health for too long and wind up with more serious issues. Here are a few dental issues that you can prevent from getting worse by taking matters into your own hand (with a toothbrush!):
Tooth Erosion – This is usually caused by acid from certain foods and beverages (like carbonated drinks) that weakens the enamel of the teeth. Having a diet that is rich in fruits, vegetables and water and low in soda and other acidic items will help prevent teeth from eroding.
Gum Disease – An infection of the gums caused by poor oral care can also be linked to other more serious issues such as heart disease. The best way to prevent this from occurring is by brushing your teeth regularly and throughly, flossing regularly and seeing your dentist bi-annually.
Halitosis – More commonly referred to as bad breath, it can be caused by either your diet, medications you may be on, other underlying health issues, or other untreated dental issues. Regular brushing, flossing and rinsing will help if the problem is linked to something you ate. Consulting with your Ottawa dentist will determine if there is a more serious cause of your bad breath and the dentist will be able to help remedy it.
It all boils down to the effort you put into your own oral maintenance at home and the effort you put into regularly visiting the dentist for a check-up and cleaning.