What affect does a healthy lifestyle have on your oral health?
Achieving and maintaining healthy teeth and gums involves a multi-faceted care routine. Regular visits to the dentist to identify problems and prevent further damage as well as regular cleans and deep scales are a significant aspect of maintaining good oral health. Lifestyle choices, such as diet and nutrition, alcohol and tobacco use and the nature of your oral health and hygiene routine have a big impact on the health of your teeth and gums. Not to mention the effect these decisions have on your overall health and well-being. If it’s been a while since your last check-up and clean at the dentist, call Smile Perfection in Chermside or Aspley today, and make good choices for your oral health.
Smoking and alcohol use
Smoking and certain alcoholic beverages, like red wine, cause staining and discolouration of the teeth. In addition, prolonged tobacco use is the most prevalent cause of oral cancer, followed by excessive alcohol use. When both tobacco and alcohol are used together, the risk of developing oral cancer is increased 15 times.
How healthy is your diet?
Diet plays a big role in the amount and nature of bacteria present in the mouth. Sugary and acidic foods promote the build-up of bacteria and acidic plaque, which demineralises and ultimately weakens the enamel of the teeth. The more bacteria present in the mouth, the bigger the build-up of decay and dental caries in the mouth, and the greater the chance of cavities and other problems developing.
A diet that includes lots of crunchy, healthy vegetables and a limited sugar intake is vital to your oral health. Crunchy fruits and vegetables, like celery, carrots and apples promote saliva flow, which breaks down plaque. The high water content of these healthy foods also contributes to the breaking down of accumulated bacteria.
Excessive sugar intake in the form of lollies, chocolates, potato chips, processed foods, soft drinks and fruit juices are particularly bad for the teeth and gums. Snacking on foods like these throughout the day constantly exposes the teeth to harmful bacteria.
Are you drinking enough water?
Drinking plenty of water dilutes the bacteria that accumulate in the mouth after eating and drinking sugary and acidic foods and drinks. Water breaks down plaque and dilutes bacteria, interfering in the accumulation of the acids that cause decay and cavities and affect the gums. Rinse the mouth with water after eating and drinking to decrease the accumulation of plaque.
How good is your oral health care routine?
Ensure your oral health routine is thorough and effective. Make sure your brushing routine is adequately cleaning all of the surfaces of the teeth, and be sure to floss every day. If you miss out on flossing, you essentially skip over 35% of the bacteria found in the mouth, increasing the development of decay between the teeth, and the incidence of cavities.
Smile Perfection Aspley and Chermside
If you are unsure about the effectiveness of your oral health and hygiene routine, or for more information about the daily lifestyle choices that affect your oral health, speak to one of our team members at Smile Perfection today.