- Do not smoke or chew tobacco
Watch what you put in your mouth.
At least three Australians are diagnosed every day with oral cancer. Oral cancer is very aggressive and often will go undetected until it has reached its advanced stage, with a 50% survival rate over a period of five years. While the consumption of tobacco has decreased it has been substituted by e-cigarettes and water-pipe smoking and while these may not contain nicotine like tobacco, consumers are still at risk of health problems due to the toxic substance the smoke contains. So, if you are considering quitting please speak to your health provider.
If you play a contact sport such as football, martial art, netball, etc it is important to wear a mouth guard to protect your teeth from trauma, so that if an accident were to happen the teeth, lips and soft tissues are protected.
Also, if you grind or clench your teeth at night it is advised to protected them with a nightguard, to protect your teeth from wear and tear. Speak to your dentist if you think you could be grinding.
- Regular maintenance dental visits
It is recommended to see the dentist twice a year for a comprehensive exam and professional hygiene. Regular exams and professionals clean are the best way to detect and prevent oral health problems before they get worse.
At Morphett Vale Dental Care, we always encourage regular exams and cleans! To book a time with one of our friendly dentist call (08)83822410 alternative you may book an appointment online.
Posted on August 2018 by Dr. Erika Guerra
The simple fact is that taking good care of your mouth could save your life, a healthy mouth is an important part of a healthy life.