Dental care requires consistency and commitment. The good news is that by brushing and flossing daily, combined with annual dentist visits, most dental problems and infections can be avoided. Some habits however, put you at a higher risk of developing certain cancers and infections. In order to avoid a higher risk from major dental issues down the line, it’s best to stay away from the following patterns and choices.
High Sugar Diet
Consuming large quantities of processed foods like candy and soda is detrimental to overall oral health. Sugar is directly related to tooth decay. It is important to note that you don’t necessarily need to have a sweet tooth to unknowingly be consuming large amounts of sugar. Salad dressing, granola, and tomato sauce are generally viewed as healthier options, but there may be sneakily high levels of sugar content.
Whether it’s smoking, vaping or chewing, tobacco use is one of the worst habits you can have when it comes to dental care. Vaping has been proven to increase the build up of harmful bacteria in the mouth. Chewing tobacco can irritate your gums, and it also typically contains sugar to improve the flavor, as well as sand and grit which can wear down teeth. When it comes to smoking cigarettes, the act of smoking weakens your immune system, which makes it more difficult for you to fight off a gum infection. Once the gum damage has occurred, smoking also makes it harder for your gums to heal. Prolonged tobacco use can also lead to various cancers in places like the mouth, throat, lungs, liver, and many more areas of the body.
Even in moderate alcohol use cases, the acid in wine can harm the protective enamel on your teeth, and red wine in particular contributes to staining teeth. The abuse of alcohol can lead to cellular damage, which upon repair could lead to DNA changes that could result in oral cancer. Alcohol can also act as an irritant in the mouth and throat, causing problems with oral health.
Poor Oral Hygiene
As we mentioned earlier, simple habits like brushing and flossing are the foundation of good dental health. Neglecting dental hygiene leads to a buildup of plaque, which leads to tooth decay. Avoiding an annual dentist check up can lead to serious dental problems down the line.
If you have any questions about certain oral infection risks, or to make an appointment, call us today! It’s never too late to get your oral health in check and start developing better dental habits.