The upcoming month of June is Oral Health Month In the United State. What better time to take care of your oral health and reconsider new habits?
Improving and understanding the importance of oral health is the key to a beautiful, healthy smile, which will also affect your overall health and lifestyle.
Healthy oral habits like flossing, brushing, and visiting us regularly are the basics of maintaining good oral hygiene.
Let’s talk about some tips that will help you improve your oral health:
Maintain good oral hygiene
Good oral hygiene is very important. Poor oral health can cause many problems, such as bleeding or tender gums, sores and so much more.
Painful teeth and gums can affect your ability to eat comfortably, obviously! Poor oral hygiene can affect the appearance of your smile and also your breath, which can make you self-conscious and possibly affect your social life.
Research shows that everything that happens in your mouth affects your whole body, so keep it as healthy as possible!
Brush and floss regularly
Flossing regularly will remove food particles that are stuck between your teeth.
Keep your mouth clean by brushing your teeth at least twice a day, and using an antibacterial mouthwash.
Make healthy food choices
Reduce your consumption of sugary food and drinks. Sugar is one of the main causes of dental problems and can cause other metabolic issues in your body. Consumption of sugary or acidic food and drinks can damage your teeth and make them sensitive, which means you’ll need more dental work to get out of your `discomfort.
Avoid all tobacco products
Smoking or chewing tobacco has a negative effect on overall health, not to mention the health of your mouth. It can cause many dental problems, gum disease, teeth loss, and oral cancers.
If you do use tobacco products, please consider quitting to improve your overall health as well as your oral health.
Check for warning signs of oral cancer.
Oral cancer is a type of cancer that can occur anywhere in your mouth and can have invisible signs in the early stages.
During your checkups, we will look for any abnormalities in your mouth that could be a sign of oral cancer, such as cuts, sores, bleeding gums, and swollen lymph nodes.
Visit us on a regular basis
Visiting us at your prescribed interval allows us to clean your teeth and look for signs of oral and gum disease. This will help prevent cavities that can lead to infections, detect early problems, or stop minor issues from worsening.
Don’t hesitate to contact and visit our office if you are concerned about any issues in your mouth. You can call us at 440.354.0705 or request an appointment online.
Patrick J. Soria, DDS