Even though dental emergencies aren’t 100 percent avoidable, there are some steps you can take to keep your smile intact, healthy, and safe. Oral health problems that cause pain and discomfort are among the most stressful and uncomfortable to experience, which is why our team at Kingwood Family Dentistry is dedicated to providing thorough preventive dental care and arming our patients with precautionary techniques. With the right measures in place, you can optimize your oral health and avoid accidents that put your teeth and gums in harm’s way.
Many people aren’t aware that what they eat can have a vital impact on their oral health. Harmful oral bacteria that are known to cause common health problems, such as gum disease and cavities, thrive on sugars and carbohydrates. That means that a diet that’s high in processed and starchy foods that contain these items can cause your mouth to turn into the perfect environment for them. As they consume these substances, the bacteria release waste in the form of enamel-eroding acid and toxins that cause the development of decay and infection.
To optimize your oral health and prevent a painful dental emergency, try substituting processed food for fresh vegetables and fruit instead. These help naturally clear away plaque and bacteria in your mouth and can reduce your risk of experiencing a tooth infection.
Your first line of defense against oral health problems is typically routine dental hygiene at home. The American Dental Association recommends some of the following practices to keep your teeth and gums healthy:
By doing these, you’ll be able to regularly remove harmful substances such as plaque, bacteria, and food debris from your mouth, warding off issues like dental sensitivity, decay, and gum irritation.
Some people wonder why it’s necessary to visit their dentist every six months for a checkup and cleaning when they brush and floss every day at home. Certain serious oral health issues don’t exhibit symptoms and can be hidden in areas of your mouth that you can’t see, including oral cancer symptoms. Dr. Scott Mosby uses the latest dental techniques and technology to spot these problems as soon as possible. With dental X-rays and regular oral cancer screenings, our team hopes to address and diagnose potentially life-threatening oral emergencies before they have a chance to cause you harm.
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