More than 25 percent of oral cancers occur in people who do not smoke and have no other risk factors. Despite advances in the treatment of oral cancer, the five-year survival rate in Canada is only 62 percent – a marginal improvement in survival over the last several decades. The problem is that many oral cancers are diagnosed at advanced stages.
Your teeth are with you for life and taking care of them is a life-long pursuit. To protect against unnatural decay and erosion some simply steps can be taken to ensure that your teeth last as long as you do.
You should brush at least twice a day with fluoride toothpaste; and you should try to floss at least once a day.
After consuming foods or drink high in acid, do not bush your teeth immediately. The enamel of your teeth is softened when you consume these foods and brushing them directly can cause it to be removed far easier than would be normally possible.
Be careful to limit yourself in regards to how much and how often you have foods or drinks high in sugar or acid. It is best to consume these foods or drinks at the end of a meal while there’s plenty of saliva to wash the sugars and acids away from your teeth.
If you like to snack between meals it is best to drink plenty of water or chew sugarless gum to continue saliva production to help wash away the sugars and acids.
Soft drinks and sports drinks are high in acid. If you drink these don’t swish them around your mouth or hold them in as the concentrations of sugars and acids are then focused on your teeth far longer than they should be.
It is important to visit your dental professional for regular checkups to make sure your teeth are in good shape and to prevent problems before they become serious problems.
Q: Can Dry Mouth Cause Dental Problems?
A: When the soft tissues of the mouth are constantly dry, they can become inflamed, painful, and more susceptible to infection. Tooth decay can develop. . .