Everyone knows that brushing and flossing daily can help you maintain your oral health. However, Corbyn VanBrunt, DDS and at Smiles of Tulsa advise there are some other steps you need to take to ensure that your teeth remain healthy and strong for a lifetime.
Understanding Changes in Your Mouth
Your oral health depends on the type of food you eat, the amount of saliva produced in your mouth, your oral hygiene regimen, and overall health. For example, pregnant women go through hormonal changes which can cause pregnancy gingivitis. Some people take certain medication which can cause dry mouth. Therefore, to take good care of your oral health, you first need to determine what changes are occurring in your mouth.
Using Fluoride Product
Fluoride can keep your teeth strong and prevent decay in children and adult. Toothpastes are a good source of fluoride and we can prescribe you fluoride gels or mouth rinses if we think you need it.
Limit Intake of Junk Food
Junk food is food that provides very low or no nutritional value. Every time you eat sticky and sweet food, the sugars stick to your teeth and provide fuel to bacteria to produce acid. Every time you eat these snacks, your teeth become exposed to more acid and eventually break down, resulting in a cavity. If you simply can't stay away from sugary snacks, make sure you brush your teeth after eating it. Eating a balanced diet rich in minerals and calcium is also good for your teeth.
Smoking cigarettes or chewing tobacco can increase the risk of not just plaque, tooth stain, bad breath, and gingivitis but also oral cancer. So if you take tobacco in any form, we strongly advise you to quit.
Examine Your Mouth Regularly
You are the person who is in the best position to notice any changes in your mouth so make surer you check your mouth every week to look for any suspicious or unusual signs. These include persistent swollen gums, chipped teeth, lesions on the soft tissue, or stained teeth.
You can talk to Corbyn VanBrunt, DDS and about the frequency of your visit. If you have a history of gum disease, cavities, restorations, or immunity-compromising diseases, you should have more frequent dental check up appointments. To book a visit, call us at (918) 891-3059 today.