When your oral health lacks, the overall look of your smile will suffer as well. Despite all of the cosmetic dentistry available in the world today, the fact remains that poor oral health will eventually negate any type of past cosmetic dentistry procedures. Even though a patient who recently underwent teeth whitening will more than likely have a white and dazzling smile, without proper upkeep and maintenance, his/her smile is sure to become flawed once again.
Teeth naturally deteriorate and experience plenty of wear and tear over the years, which is why good oral health habits are so important. Our teeth are delicate in many ways. What we drink and eat, our habits such as tobacco use, and other factors all play a role in determining just how healthy a smile really is.
For example, patients who drink a lot of beverages with high acidity levels may experience more enamel loss than the average person does as time goes by. Patients who do not brush and floss their teeth on a regular basis are much more prone to having problems such as gum disease, tooth decay, and bad breath, all conditions that can lead to tooth loss.
The foods and the things we drink have a big impact on the health of our teeth, gums, and other parts of our mouths. Eating a lot of foods that are high in refined carbohydrates and sugar makes a patient more susceptible to tooth decay and gum infections because these foods stick to the teeth longer than other foods. The “left overs” on our teeth feed bacteria that produce acids that can erode the teeth’s enamel.
Alcohol is also a factor in poor oral health. Consuming a lot of alcohol can cause dehydration which causes the mouth to dry out. A dry mouth is the perfect place for germs to live and flourish, which is one reason why, after a night of heavy drinking, people usually have horrendous breath.
Chewing and smoking tobacco not only increases the chance of developing throat, mouth, and lung cancer, but the tar and other harmful ingredients in cigarettes can advance tooth decay, not to mention discolor teeth.
Of course, we’re all human, and we can forget to brush or floss on occasion. It’s okay to enjoy a glass of wine or coffee a few days out of the week. The problem arises when patients neglect their oral health on a routine basis.
Not only can poor oral health break down a beautiful smile, it can also cause irreversible damage to your body. Studies have showed that patients with habitually poor oral health have an increased chance of suffering from stroke, osteoporosis, heart disease, oral cancer, and cardiovascular and respiratory health conditions.
If you want to make sure that your teeth are healthy, don’t hesitate to contact Drs. Ken & Marnie Collins’ dental office. If it’s been years since you’ve visited a dentist’s office, don’t feel ashamed. You’re not alone, and Drs. Ken & Marnie Collins have seen it all. Scheduling an appointment is easy and after your visit you’ll have the peace of mind in knowing that you’re on the road to better oral health. Call Collins Dentistry & Aestheitcs at 509-368-7788 in Spokane or 509-228-3998 in Spokane Valley, to learn more.
Or office in Spokane is located at:
3151 E. 28th Ave.
Spokane, WA 99223
Office phone # 509-368-7788