Tooth loss can be caused by tooth decay, physical injury, even diseases like diabetes and arthritis. Fewer teeth can result in negative dietary changes, depression, and even bone loss. Protecting your teeth is an investment in your future health.
Care for your teeth with good dental habits: brush twice a day (for at least two minutes each time) with a fluoride toothpaste, floss at least once a day, drink plenty of water and maintain a healthy diet. Add regular dental exams and soon the cleanings will become less painful and you’ll have become more effective in preventing tooth decay.
Here in Idaho we like to be outdoors — there’s so much to do! But accidents happen. When you’re zipping down a bike trail, shooting hoops with your friends, or doing whatever it is you like to do, protect your teeth with a mouth guard. When the unexpected happens, you’ll be glad you thought ahead. And think twice before using your teeth to pop a bottle cap! Yes, I’m talking to you!
If you’re an expecting mother you have even more to think about. Hormonal changes and reduced immune system efficiency can allow bacteria that cause gum disease to flourish. Tooth decay, gingivitis and poor oral hygiene can negatively impact your health — which means your baby’s health can be affected too. Many women also experience nausea associated with morning sickness during pregnancy. This means extra acid in the mouth and the possibility of enamel erosion. Be sure to rinse your mouth with plenty of water or a fluoridated mouthwash to keep the acid level down.
Yes, your dental health has a direct impact on your overall health. Protect your teeth! Brush, floss, eat healthy, use mouth guards, and visit your dentist regularly.
Remember, you only have to take care of the teeth you want to keep.