Starting the year has always been bittersweet. It’s definitely cause for celebration, but there’s also a parting of ways, a detachment from the year that was, with some uncertainty about the year to come. It’s a time to reflect on things gone by, without totally feeling free of the consequences of what went down.
All that holiday feasting over the last few weeks comes to mind, for example.
Sure, the celebration was well deserved, but it exacted its toll as well on our health, including our teeth. They’re just not the way they were, and while we can chalk that up to wear and tear over the years, there’s also neglect. Taking care of our teeth isn’t top on our list, not unless they start getting us in trouble and putting us in pain.
Since we owe it to ourselves to take care of them, here are a few things to look out for to keep our chompers in the best of health so they can serve us better.
There are dental problems that some people are just predisposed to, ranging from gum disease to cleft palates or teeth not growing at all. When it comes to taking care of our teeth, knowing is half the battle and we want to get as good a view of things as possible. Which is where orthodontic radiographing comes in.
People always say that prevention is better than cure. With the holidays just past, it’s probably safe to assume that our teeth have gotten a bit more of a workout than usual. So it’s always worth it to check if everything’s working as it should be. Whether it’s a thorough cleaning, fluoride application, or sealing pits and fissures before they become a problem, everything is meant to keep your smile pristine.
You often hear why it’s so important to brush your teeth and floss regularly, but sometimes we just forget, and that’s fine. What isn’t fine is how with lack of care massive cavities can form on our teeth, not only compromising aesthetics but perhaps even reducing function. Saving that smile is as easy as filling in what’s missing.
Root canals are one of those things we don’t really hear much of, until we need one. Well, some knowledge is secreted for a reason, and if nothing else it’s an incentive to take better care of our teeth. Still, in the event that you do need to get an abscess at the base of your teeth cleansed and filled in then this is definitely a process to leave to professionals.
There are any number of causes from genetics to diet and possibly even poor luck that contribute to teeth wearing down. After a certain point, it just becomes more efficient and cost-effective to replace teeth wholesale. It’s a quick reset to undo what could amount to loads of damage built up over time, and with modern dental practices, the worst part will likely be adjusting to a new bite.