Bad Habits That Are Hurting Your Smile
Our teeth are at work thousands of times on any given day, between eating and speaking. Our Orlando FL family dental office is here to keep your teeth looking and feeling great — and steer you away from bad dental habits.
At Overmeyer Family Dental, we pride ourselves on counseling patients about elite dental services and great at-home dental care. While everyone needs a dentist to control infections or provide restorative and cosmetic dental upgrades, you’re the most important person when it comes to your oral health. So you need to make sure you have a great oral health plan in place.
We can help you! You can start by calling our office at 407-705-3965 and schedule a visit. Today we want to explain a few habits you might be doing that are killing your smile.
Lack of Brushing and Floss
A recent survey published by the American Dental Association found that only 7 out of 10 Americans brush their teeth twice a day. It’s nice to see a majority of Americans following this routine, but 30 percent of Americans are still not brushing their teeth enough. That’s millions of people who are exposing themselves to a higher risk of tooth decay and gum disease! Additionally, the same survey found that only 4 out of 10 Americans regularly floss. That’s scary, because floss is one of our best defenses against gum disease, which is the leading cause of tooth loss!
Ignoring Dental Pain
Our teeth and gums should not hurt. That seems like an obvious statement, but we often see patients in our office who have ignored dental pain for years. If your teeth and gums hurt, you need to get to a dentist ASAP. A dentist is the only person who can treat problems like cavities and gum disease — two infections that often cause dental pain. Untreated dental infections will continue to spread throughout the mouth, and most severe infection usually bring more severe pain. When you treat problems as soon as they arise, you’re minimizes the damage to your mouth and reducing the risk of that dental discomfort to ballooning into something absolutely unbearable.
Not Watching What You Eat
Eating healthy is a challenge for everyone. We dentists struggle with it, too, even when it comes to staying away from foods that can hurt our teeth. You can improve the health of your smile by lowering your exposure to foods and drinks (especially soda) that are chalked full of sugar. Sticky treats are especially bad for your teeth because stay on the teeth longer than most foods.
On the other hand, there are many foods that are healthy for your smile. This foods include dairy, Vitamin A, Vitamin D, healthy nuts, crunchy fruits and vegetables.
Skipping Dental Visits
We recommend that you visit a dentist about once every six month mouths for cleanings and exams. During these visits, we’ll assess the mouth for any abnormalities and then polish the teeth to make it more difficult for plaque and harmful bacteria to attach to the tooth. We can also use that time to provide great preventive treatments like fluoride treatments and dental sealants. People skip dental visits for a lot of reasons. They might be afraid of the dentist or embarassed about their teeth. Everyone ends up at the dentist eventually, and preventive care always costs less than restorative dentistry.
Visit our Orlando FL Office Today
These are just a few bad habits that can derail your smile fast. Overmeyer Family Dental has two skilled dentists and a great team to help you keep your smile looking great for years to come. Give us a call today at 407-705-3965 to book an appointment.