Glendale Dentist Reviews Common Threats To Oral Health

Written by Dr. McKay on Mar 5, 2013

Taking care of your smile doesn’t have to be a chore. You can make some thoughtful, oral health-boosting decisions every day in order to put your smile on the right track.

Today our Glendale dentists are going to be talking about some key things that can damage your oral health. We hope that this information will help you identify, and then minimize these treats.

1. Poor Diet

The more sugars and carbohydrates you eat, the happier the oral bacteria in your mouth will be. This is because oral bacteria feed on sugars and carbohydrates; these substances allow bacteria to multiply quickly. As oral bacteria grow and proliferate they can lead to cavities, gum disease, an chronic bad breath. So pay attention to what you’re eating every day!

2. Dehydration

If you are not staying hydrated you will likely suffer from dry mouth, which can be devastating for your smile. Saliva helps to neutralize oral bacteria, and fortify teeth. So drink plenty of water so that your body can produce the saliva it needs!

3. Hard and Abrasive Substances

Chomping on hard foods can be can be tough on your dental enamel. Try not to chew ice, hard candies, and mints, as these can all cause microcracks in your enamel.

4. Continual Snacking

When you consume something, the bacteria in your mouth go to work feeding on that food or drink. The thing is, the bacteria in your mouth are only going to feed for twenty to third minutes post-consumption. So it is actually better for your oral health if you eat at discrete periods during the day, rather than snacking or sipping (on something other than water) constantly throughout the day.

If you want to learn more about the ways that you can protect your smile every day, please feel free to call our Glendale dentist office to learn more!