With the start of 2014, we are sure you have set some goals and aspirations for yourself. Many people vow to lose weight or save money. At the Louisiana Center for Restorative Dentistry, we believe a great resolution is improving your dental health. There are several ways to enhance your teeth health. The following ideas will contribute great benefits and give you a healthier smile for the New Year.
Smoking and Other Tobacco Products
We are sure you have heard that smoking and tobacco usage is "bad for you." Plain and smile, this could not be truer. Tobacco can harm your mouth in many ways. It amplifies your risk for gum recession and disease, oral, throat and lung cancer, cavities and tooth discoloration. In fact, smokers are twice as likely to lose their teeth as non-smokers. Not only does smoking tobacco have harmful effects, smokeless tobacco is just as harmful to dental hygiene.
Fruits and Vegetables
The foods you consume contribute substantially to your dental health. Poor nutrition practices can affect your immune system. Therefore, your vulnerability to several oral disorders, including gum disease increases. Fruits and vegetables contain nutrients and antioxidants that increase your body's ability to fight inflammation and bacteria. Also, raw vegetables and some fruits freshen breath and clean plaque from teeth.
Seems Simple, But
We have to reiterate the importance of brushing at least twice a day and flossing at least once a day. These are equally important. Brushing and flossing defend your teeth against gum disease and decay. These are caused by plaque, which is an invisible, but very harmful bacteria. Improper brushing and flossing can lead to several negative effects, including gingivitis and potentially gum disease. These diseases can affect your entire body, so brushing and flossing is exceptionally vital.
Limit Alcohol Consumption
Excessive alcohol consumption can have damaging effects to your overall health. Likewise, it is harmful to oral health. According to the Academy of General Dentistry, people who eat poorly, smoke and overly consume alcohol have increased gum recession. Individuals who smoke and drink regularly are often less concerned with basic health and teeth health than nonsmokers.
As always, see your dentist for regular visits. Regular checkups are at least twice a year. These visits put a stop to dental health issues before they occur. Your dentist can monitor your oral health and make recommendations for areas of concern.
Here's to a healthy and brighter smile this New Year!
For more information, please contact our office at 225.927.5248