Dental health is important. Not just for the obvious reason that we want to preserve our smile. Being able to smile freely is a big part of being confident and self-assured. But poor oral health also leads to a lot of other risks. Risks in your everyday health including heart disease, strokes, thrombosis and even arthritis. Whilst there are studies going on to see just how these are linked, it’s better to be safe than sorry. Here are the three major dental risks you want to be fighting off.

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Gum disease

One of the most common problems that dentists see in people is gum disease, also known as gingivitis. It usually starts due to not brushing your teeth or not keeping them clean. Gums become red and inflamed and recede from the teeth. In these worst cases, bacteria can attack the tissues and bone that actually support the teeth. As they get looser, they can eventually fall right out of the mouth. If you suffer from gum disease, you need to start reversing it now before too much damage is done. Use fluoride toothpaste twice a day, floss and use antiseptic mouth rinse. See your dentist to get a well-informed opinion of just how well your routine is working.

Enamel erosion

Another problem that’s caused, in part, by poor oral hygiene is acidic erosion of the enamel. Not only does this discolor your teeth. It can also lead to painful sensitivity. With enamel erosion, what you eat matters as much as the kind of oral hygiene routines you follow. Sweet foods are particularly acidic, so avoid eating them too much. Which healthy sweet foods like fruit, eat them with some non-acidic like milk after you have them. The biggest dangers lie in chips and soft drinks. We tend to carry these in our mouths a lot longer. Our teeth either get saturated or bits of the potato chips get stuck. If you’re eating these, be careful. Floss after chips and use a straw for soft drinks.

Root infection

The most immediately serious of the problems you can encounter is a root infection. Root infections tend to come in conjunction with the others, but take it to a new serious level. By the time you get treated for a root infection, it’s too late to save a tooth. Root infections can be deathly serious, so it’s important to get the root canal from your dentist if you really need it. Following the root canal, your tooth is often partially or near completely gone. Because of that, the procedure is usually followed by a second. The installation of a crown on the base of the dead tooth. Root canals are serious and permanent treatments. For that reason, you want to avoid them as much as possible.

You only get one chance to care for your own teeth, so do it right. Dental treatments can very costly, especially when it comes to the cosmetic side. Make sure you watch your diet as well as your oral hygiene routines.