Healthy teeth and gums are an important part of life – but your oral health may not be at the forefront of your mind. You know about brushing, flossing, and visiting your dentist for cleanings to keep your teeth healthy and beautiful, but there are also some other things you should know about your dental health!
Medication can affect your dental health
Have you noticed any changes in your oral health, such as a lack of saliva? It may be the new medication you’ve been taking – certain medications can cause dry mouth. Tell your dentist about any new medications so the two of you can discuss any effects they may be having on your oral health.
Brushing hard is not a good thing
Some people think that the harder they scrub their teeth the better. However, this is not true. Brushing too aggressively can lead to bleeding, painful gums.
Fruit juice is bad for teeth
You might think that the word “fruit” in a drink automatically makes it healthy. And it might be healthy for your body but still bad for your teeth. Fruit juice often contains acid, which is bad for the enamel on your teeth.
You could be allergic to your toothpaste
You might not even realize this is possible, but, yes, you can be allergic to toothpaste. A burning sensation on the inside of the cheeks or tissue in the mouth that seems to be peeling off are signs of a toothpaste allergy. You might have better luck with a natural toothpaste from a health food store, or ask your dentist for advice on what kind of toothpaste you should try.
Taking care of your teeth makes a difference
You might think that it doesn’t really matter if you skip flossing or brushing, but it does. Take some time every day to take care of those teeth, for a beautiful smile and to save time, pain, and money in the long run!
One thing you probably do know is how important it is to visit your dentist. Contact Dr. Samuel Jirik’s office in Cabot, Arkansas, for an appointment. Call (501) 843-9561 today!