We've heard it before: Brushing your teeth twice a day is fundamental for maintaining healthy teeth and gums.
This advice has likely been repeated to you ad nauseum by your parents as you were growing, by your dentist and by all those toothpaste, mouthwash and other oral hygiene advertisements on TV. If you don’t want to find yourself needing new teeth by 40, then brushing your teeth twice a day certainly is a good start, but it is only that: a start.
According to the experienced team of dentists at the Prestige Dental Centers, preventing the diseases that cause tooth loss requires a little more effort and a little more customization to your particular healthcare needs! Everyone’s oral health has unique needs depending on a suite of factors and by understanding YOUR particular needs, you can keep your teeth and gums in the best possible condition for life.
What unique needs could these be?
“There are certain illnesses, medical conditions, habits and lifestyle choices that will require dental patients to be a whole lot more careful about looking after their teeth than others who are in good general and oral health and who lead a healthy lifestyle,” explain Drs Rogers & Bull, two experienced dental implant dentists in Colorado Springs & Pueblo.
Let’s take a look:
• Bad Habits and Lifestyle Choices
Tobacco-use (smoking and chewing), drinking a lot of alcohol and a diet high in sugar and refined carbohydrates (white breads, chips, etc.) can leave you at a much greater risk of developing tooth decay and gum disease, both of which could land you in desperate need of new teeth early on in life. Not only should you focus on improving your eating habits and lifestyle in general, but you should also up your efforts to keep your teeth and gums clean. A good start would be to brush and floss more frequently and to book yourself an appointment with your dentist and oral hygienist.
• Certain Illnesses and Medical Conditions
There are many illnesses and medical conditions that share a relationship with the health of your teeth and gums. By managing them correctly, you not only keep your general health in check, but also your oral health. Diabetes is an excellent example of this. There are also certain medications you need to be wary of because of the impact they can have on your oral health. Antihistamines, antidepressants and certain heart and cancer treatment medications can cause side effects, such as “dry mouth” that can leave you at a greater risk of cavities and gum disease. Colorado Springs residents should tell their dentists about any illnesses they may have or medications they may be on so that they can be advised on how to best look after their teeth, given their vulnerability.
• Pregnancy and Times of Hormonal Fluctuations
Pregnancy, menopause and even puberty represent times of great hormonal fluctuations, which can leave patients more susceptible to the diseases that can result in the need for new teeth. Generally speaking, you should be extra vigilant about oral hygiene care during these times and also book yourself in for routine appointments with the dentist and oral hygienist. Prevention is better than cure!