A brilliant smile, fresh breath – and the ability to sip a frozen smoothie or two without any unnecessary pain – are the best case scenarios when it comes to oral health, right? There are three key factors that affect the health and appearance of our teeth: oral health routine, diet and lifestyle choices.
If you experience any of the following warning signs of dental health conditions, you should make an appointment to see your dentist as soon as possible:
- Red, tender or swollen gums
- Bleeding or Swollen gums when you brush or floss
- Receding gums
- Loose teeth
- Changes in the way your top and bottom teeth align with each other
- Unusual sensitivity to hot and cold temperatures, water, beverages or food
- Persistent bad breath or an unusual taste in your mouth
- Changes in the way your dentures or partial dentures fit
- Difficulty swallowing
- Mouth ulcers or sores that don’t heal
- Chronic bad breath
- Persistent toothache
- Pain during chewing or biting
- Swelling of the face and/or cheek
- Cracked or broken teeth
- Frequent dry mouth
If any of these symptoms are accompanied by a high fever and facial or neck swelling, you should seek emergency medical treatment.
Your oral health has an effect on more than just your teeth. Poor oral and dental health can contribute to issues with your self-esteem, speech, or nutrition. They can also affect your comfort and overall quality of life.
Ultimately, your long-term outcome depends on your own efforts. You can’t prevent every cavity, but you can reduce your risk of severe and several oral health conditions by staying on top of your daily oral care. Opt for an oral health care plan and a good oral hygiene routine.
Make sure you clean your teeth regularly and effectively, in the morning and at night. You should also floss every day, flossing removes the food particles and subsequent plaque that can get lodged between teeth that cannot be reached by your toothbrush. The final element of good oral health — and a great smile – is regular dental check-ups.