Lifestyle And Oral Health
At Caring Dental of Spotswood, we care greatly about your oral and overall health. We see each patient for such a short time over the span of a year, and we want them to be able to care for their oral health properly. When a patient maintains their routine appointments and has an effective oral hygiene routine, it eliminates the likelihood of experiencing a dental emergency or the need for restorative treatments. There are certain lifestyle choices that can negatively impact your oral health, and while these habits might not be affecting your oral health now, they will most certainly lead to problems in the future. Here are lifestyle choices that can negatively affect your oral health:
Smoking and Alcohol Consumption
For years we have learned about the negative effects smoking, tobacco use, and the repeated use of alcohol can have on our overall health. It can also cause issues with oral health, such as gum disease and an increase in dental plaque and decay.
If you are someone who snacks frequently or loves to sip on sugary coffee or soft drinks throughout the day, you are increasing your risk of experiencing tooth decay significantly. The more you snack and drink throughout the day, the more bacteria you introduce into your mouth. If you do not brush each time you eat and drink, this added bacteria can develop into decay.
If you have a high-stress job or a lifestyle that has you feeling overwhelmed, you may be causing damage to your oral health. Patients who experience higher than normal levels of stress commonly experience bruxism, the clenching and grinding of teeth. Over time, this will lead to uneven wear of the teeth, which can cause the teeth to crack and break.
If you are experiencing dental discomfort, need a routine hygiene examination, or are experiencing a dental emergency, we can help. Contact our office located in Spotswood, NJ to schedule an appointment. We want to help get your oral health on track.