Eliminating Oral Health Care Risks

Published on February 9, 2018

Are you aware of the oral health risks to your teeth and gums are exposed to on a regular basis? Have you ever thought about establishing a checklist of preventive habits to avoid dental damage as you go about your daily life? If you have not already done so, you may find it helpful to examine all aspects of your life to determine what could potentially damage your smile and how you can avoid said damage. The more time you take to care for your teeth and gums, the greater the likelihood that they can continue to serve for the rest of your life.

Implementing effective oral health care habits and using safe dental products is essential to keeping a healthy smile. If the products you are using are not safe, they could actually end up causing significant damage to your teeth and gums. This is especially true when choosing a toothbrush, toothpaste or whitening product. If you’re looking to whiten your teeth, make sure that the product you choose is recommended or approved by our dentist. Otherwise, you may end up bleaching your gums or even potentially causing tooth enamel loss. When it comes to choosing a toothbrush or dental flossing, always use soft-bristled toothbrushes and and flossers that are shred-resistant.

If you are involved with any contact sports, you run the risk of suffering an oral accident or injury. To lower your risk for mouth injuries, always wear the necessary safety gear, including mouth guards or face masks. If you are concerned about the status of your oral health or facial structure, you can wear a helmet or other similar forms of headgear.

Mouth jewelry is another things that could damage your oral health. Piercings such as lip and tongue piercings can end up lacerating your gums, causing infections, posing as a choking hazard and causing to nerve damage. Avoid lip and tongue rings if possible.

Are you actively protecting your smile? For additional oral health care, visit Las Cruces Dental Associates for tips from our dentist. Dr. Samaniego and our team want to bring out our best smile. You can book an appointment at our dental office in Las Cruces, New Mexico, by calling 575.523.1479.