Ways to improve your oral health and prevent issues from arising.
-Brush/floss regularly: The uncomplicated daily one-two of brushing twice a day with fluoride toothpaste and flossing once is still the foundation for maintaining health teeth and gums. The sooner you can brush following a meal, the better. The longer food stays stuck to your teeth, the more acid it produced that erodes tooth enamel.
-Visit Dr. Corson! Don’t delay in making an appointment for a routine checkup. We do more than check and clean teeth. We can also check for signs of serious oral health problems like oral cancer, gum disease and also provide advice and alert patients to signs of potential medical conditions.
-Avoid tobacco products: According to the CDC (Centers for Disease Control and Prevention), half of the cases of severe gum disease in the U.S. adults are attributed to cigarette smoking. It is arguable the single most destructive oral health habit.
-Eat sweets in moderation. Tooth decay occurs when candy, cookies, soda and other sweets or simple carbohydrates like those in chips or crackers mix with bacteria in the sticky plaque that constantly forms on teeth to produce acid, which can destroy tooth enamel. Limit sugary snacks because the more times during the day that your teeth are exposed, the longer the acids attack.
-Wear a mouth guard during contact sports. They absorb and distribute the forces that impact the mouth, teeth, face and jaw when an athlete of any age takes a shot to the face. Wearing a mouth guard can prevent chipped, fractured, displaced or dislodged teeth, fractured or displaced jaws, TMJ trauma, and lacerations to the lips and mouth that result from the edges of the teeth.