Fight Against Tobacco Damage at Our Dental Office in Tustin
One of the best ways to avoid having oral problems and dental complications is not to smoke. If this habit is too hard to break, there are also ways to take care of your teeth if you're struggling to stop. Here’s some of the best advice from Cornerstone Family Dentistry, our dental office in Tustin, CA.
Frequent Dental Check-Ups
It’s healthy to see Dr. Valdez at least two of three times a year for a non-smoker. As a smoker, the risk of oral problems is significantly higher, so visiting our office more frequently is of great help. We'll manage the tartar buildup and remove the discoloration due to nicotine. Also, we'll monitor any sign of sores and inflammation of any kind that can lead to cancer.
Stricter Dental Practice
It’s not enough that you visit our office frequently; brushing, flossing, and gargling also helps. Even the type of toothbrush means a lot when dealing with the removal of stubborn stains. Don't hesitate to ask Dr. Valdez about the best options available if you're looking for a new toothbrush. Flossing makes sure that the hard-to-reach areas in between the teeth are cleaned. Furthermore, the mouthwash prevents halitosis brought by the cigarette.
Avoid or Lessen Consumption of Teeth-Staining Food and Acidic Food
As a smoker, your teeth are already stained. By avoiding or lessening the consumption of foods that contain coloring and other additives that cause stains, you'll avoid staining your teeth further. By lessening the consumption of acidic food such as soda and citrus, you’ll help delay the breakdown of your enamel.
It’s also your job to check your teeth, gums, and tongue periodically. Check your mouth and neck areas for sores, lumps, or swelling. If it lasts for more than two weeks, alert Dr. Valdez before it turns into a more serious issue.
Of course, the best way to protect your smile is completely quit smoking! Visit our dental office in Tustin by calling (714) 669-9555 and take proactive steps eliminate this bad habit once and for all.