The part oral health plays in overall health is often overlooked, but poor oral health can lead to complications like diabetes, heart problems, and other infections.
Now that you are an adult, you are in charge of your own health. Here are some tips to keep you on track:
- Practice good dental hygiene – you should brush at least twice a day. Also, make sure to floss daily and use mouthwash. When brushing don't forget to give your tongue a cleaning.
- See the dentist – regular checkups are an excellent way to keep up good oral health. Seeing your dentist twice a year will also help to catch oral cancer early, when it is most effectively treated. You can ask the dental hygienist for tips to improve your cleaning regiment.
- Eat healthy – avoid sugary food and drinks because they speed tooth decay. You should also wait an hour after eating to brush because your enamel is weak. If you eat highly acidic food, then eat some cheese afterwards to eliminate the acid and protect your teeth.
- Avoid tobacco – in all forms tobacco is detrimental to oral health. If you smoke, then you should consider quitting.
- Avoid heavy alcohol use – heavy alcohol use leads to dental problems.
- Choose the correct toothpaste – using a toothpaste that contains fluoride will strengthen your enamel.
- Change your brush regularly – to get the best results, you should be using a toothbrush that is 3 months old or younger.
- Consume Calcium.
If you follow these tips, you should have many years of a bright and healthy smile. Good oral health affects the way you feel and the way people receive you.
If you are in the Buffalo area and would like to schedule an appointment, call Dr. Evola at 716-462-4022.