Feeling down? Don’t let a low period lead to tooth decay or damage
We’re trained from childhood to brush, floss, and beware cavities. But preventing dental problems isn’t always as simple as keeping your oral hygiene in check. Other hidden factors and aspects of your health can lead to cavities, worn enamel, periodontal disease, and more. By living a well-rounded life, you can enjoy not only great oral health, but also heightened happiness. Our Centennial dentist offers some tips on what to watch for to see long-term health and personal satisfaction.
Increasing Your Oral Health Awareness
Some of these factors are out of your control, but just being aware of them can provide unexpected benefits. If you find yourself dealing with one, keep your teeth in mind throughout and you’re more likely to see a healthy smile on the other side.
- Athletics – The range of athletic exertion is broad – some of us go to the gym a few times a week, others are training for a marathon, others exercise only when they feel like it, as well as a million other iterations. Each level isn’t going to impact your oral health. But if you’re training, you need to remember to respect your teeth. For a few different reasons, professional athletes tend to see extremely poor oral health. This can be related to the stress placed on their teeth while exercising, the high sugar and high acidity of sports drinks and gels, and a lack of proper hygiene. Don’t fall into these pitfalls, even if you’re not an athlete – we can learn from their documented dental problems.
- Diabetes – Diabetics are more likely to experience gum disease. Poorly controlled blood glucose levels can lead to oral inflammation, which may progress to periodontitis. Research is still ongoing, but studies are suggesting that there may be a two-way street between the seemingly separate issues, meaning one can lead to the other. If you have diabetes, you need to be especially careful to monitor your gum line. Flossing is crucial, to remove plaque at the gums and between the teeth. You may also need to schedule more frequent dental exams so that Dr. Robin can keep an eye on your gums – gingivitis symptoms aren’t always noticeable to the untrained eye.
- Depression – Depression is already a significant problem that affects many areas of your life. Its wide-reaching ramifications also extend to your oral health. Depression directly impacts the individual’s ability to practice regular tasks involved with daily life, which leads to subpar oral hygiene. If dental problems then arise, your depression is likely to deepen, impacted by the pain and a feeling of hopelessness. If you’re feeling depressed, get help today.
- Stress – We all experience a certain level of stress, but it can become debilitating and have a very real impact on health. With regards to your mouth, stress has a direct influence. We tend to hold tension in our jaws, which leads to clenching and grinding at night. Long-term grinding (known as bruxism) can lead to enamel wear, tooth sensitivity, receding gums, and larger problems. If you’re waking up with head, jaw, or tooth pain, or notice flat patches growing on the bite surfaces of your teeth, check in with us for a custom mouth guard.
If you’re ever looking for an ally in your oral health efforts, don’t hesitate to get in touch.