Dental Tips for a Lifelong Smile

Teeth hold up to extreme hot and cold temperatures.

Teeth hold up to extreme hot and cold temperatures.

Each of our precious teeth is challenged by tremendous threats on a daily basis. Inside of the mouth, temperatures can range from freezing to boiling hot. The teeth are constantly subjected to acid, pathogenic bacteria, and incredible forces of more than 120 pounds per square inch! Yet, even with so many challenges, we expect our teeth to go the distance with us. Doesn’t everyone in Fairbanks want their teeth to last forever?

A major goal in modern dentistry is to keep the teeth healthy and structurally sound to give each patient a better chance of holding onto their smile for a lifetime. However, when you take the harsh oral environment into account, you’ll realize that preserving the teeth is a challenging job. It is fortunate that the mind-blowing advances in dentistry are helping us to keep our natural teeth longer than ever, but there are many preventive measures that can also add years to our smiles.

  • Keep an eye on your sugar intake: The sugar in your diet does more than add inches to your waistline—it fuels the bacteria that are already living in your mouth. If your daily dental care is lacking, the combination can lead directly to tooth decay (cavities). To combat the problem, try limiting the frequency of your sugar intake and remember to brush and floss after meals.
  • Check for bone loss: Periodontal (gum) disease can cause so much bone loss that the teeth can shift around or become loose. It’s the type of sneaky infection that progresses slowly and doesn’t typically cause much pain until irreversible damage has occurred. The best way to detect and manage bone loss is to schedule a consultation with your dentist.
  • Watch out for accidents: Sports injuries, car accidents, nighttime clenching and grinding, or other oral habits can cause fractures and even tooth loss. Wearing a sports mouth guard, helmets, or nighttime bite guards can go a long way towards preventing unnecessary injuries.

Partner with your dentist today for more information and tips on keeping a healthy smile for life.