This blog post is for people who are disheartened because they haven’t been successful at making some changes that will benefit their oral health. At David A. Rice DDS in Elgin IL, want to encourage you to keep trying and assure you that our team of dental professionals is eager to help.
Keep Trying To Floss
Many individuals are faithful about brushing and believe that it makes up for lack of flossing. This is a misconception. Flossing is the only way to clean food debris and plaque from the gumline. Failure to floss can lead to periodontal disease which can, in turn, bring about tooth loss. We encourage everyone to make it a habit to floss thoroughly every day.
Keep Trying to Overcome Dental Anxiety
Skipping dental checkups can have detrimental, and in some cases, irreversible oral health consequences. Severe cavities or delayed diagnosis of oral cancer are two potential risks. If you are afraid of going to the dentist, you are not alone. Dental anxiety affects a significant portion of the population.
Fortunately, there are many ways to manage this condition so you can undergo an exam and any needed care. Talk to Dr. Rice if you or a family member suffers from dental anxiety.
Keep Trying to Quit Tobacco
Smoking is just as detrimental for your teeth and gums as it is for other parts of your body. If you’ve tried unsuccessfully to stop the practice, it’s clear that you value your health and want to lower your risk for all the problems caused or exacerbated by smoking, chewing, or vaping.
Many smokers do not conquer the habit the first time. But there’s hope! According to the CDC, there are now more former smokers than current users. Each of those former smokers was once right where you are. Keep trying!
David A. Rice DDS in Elgin IL offers general and family dentistry and many other services. Schedule an appointment with us today.