Reasons You Can’t Afford to Neglect Your Oral Health

Tulsa family dentalA toothache can ruin your day; dental decay requires the removal of decay and filling in the space with a tooth restoration; infection can lead to the need for a root canal; gum disease left untreated can lead to infection and even lost teeth … all of these conditions might be avoided if you brush and floss daily coupled with visiting your family dental provider every six months for a thorough cleaning and dental exam.

Many of the problems associated with poor oral health are the result of negligence, diet choices, and lifestyle habits. Not only can dental health be compromised, poor dental health can also contribute to bad overall health.

Neglect – Failure to brush and floss daily from a very young age can be detrimental for baby teeth and the permanent teeth that emerge. Daily oral care can help to prevent plaque build-up (one of the leading causes of dental decay and gum disease). Use a soft bristle tooth brush and a fluoridated tooth paste twice daily. Flossing will remove food particles that your tooth brush failed to reach.

Diet – Sugary foods and beverages are primary culprits that contribute to plaque formation on teeth. Consuming fresh fruits and vegetables and drinking water are better choices.

Lifestyle – Tobacco use in any form (cigars, cigarettes, chew) are known detriments to overall and oral health. Illicit drugs are dangerous on all levels.

With dental problems, the patient is often faced with a decision regarding treatment. A cavity that must be filled is not uncommon even for even the most vigilant patient that follows all the rules for good dental health. But what are other consequences that may be life altering?

Periodontal Disease – Once diagnosed, this condition can be treated; but for many patients, they will require deeper, more frequent cleanings going forward to maintain dental health.

Tooth Loss – Eating, speaking, and smiling are all affected with the loss of one or more teeth.

Your family dental provider will impart guidance as well as aids like fluoride treatments, dental sealants, and all the latest dental technology has to offer. Keep dental appointments every six months and follow advice given for optimum dental health.

If it’s time to schedule your next exam and professional cleaning, contact Howl Dental at 918-749-1626.