Are you having a problem protecting yourself against tooth decay? It may seem strange to have issues with cavities when you feel certain you are keeping your smile clean each day. After all, how can tooth decay be a problem when you are consistently clearing away the bacteria and food debris that lead to problems? Patients sometimes fail to recognize the ways in which they put their oral health in jeopardy. Seemingly minor or unrelated problems can actually affect your ability to prevent oral health issues. At our Riverside, CA dentist’s office, we can help you look for areas of improvement during routine dental visits. That way, you can put a stop to habits that make you more vulnerable to the need for restorative dental work!

Dehydration Can Interfere With Your Natural Ability To Avoid Dental Troubles

While people tend to recognize how dehydration generally hurts their overall health, they do not always connect it to their oral health. Dehydration is trouble for your smile because it can interfere with your ability to naturally produce saliva. Do you go through periods of dry mouth? If so, these are stretches of time where you are not producing enough saliva to effectively wash away the harmful buildup of bacteria and food debris that can occur between those times when you brush and floss.

Poorly Managed Stress Can Affect Your Oral Health

Dehydration is not the only cause of dry mouth – stress can also cause you to produce less saliva. Stress can also affect your energy levels, and interfere with your diet preferences. You can also weaken teeth because you are grinding them. If you do not control teeth grinding, it can lead to nightly bouts of bruxism where you grind or clench your jaw through the night. This can lead to chronic pain, and it also makes you more likely to chip or crack your teeth.

Remember To Floss!

If you fail to recognize the importance of flossing, it can be difficult to see how its absence is hurting you. In addition to protecting you against cavities, flossing helps you avoid problems with gum disease. Flossing matters because it allows you to effectively clean between teeth. No matter how thorough you are while brushing, the spaces where teeth meet are difficult to access with the bristles.

Your Riverside, CA Dentist’s Office Can Help You Stay Safe Against Cavities

Our Riverside, CA dentist’s office is ready to help when patients experience tooth decay. With that said, our goal is to also provide support that makes future cavities less likely! To find out how we can help you avoid future oral health issues, or to reach one of our other locations closer to you, call us at the following:

Dental Associates of Riverside in Riverside, CA at (951) 369-1001.

Riverside Dental Group at Magnolia in Riverside, CA at (951) 689-5031.

Dental Associates of Moreno Valley in Moreno Valley, CA at (951) 697-6800.

Riverside Dental Group at Woodcrest in Riverside, CA at (951) 776-9001.

Oasis Family Dental in Temecula, CA at (951) 695-2290.

Dental Associates of Corona in Corona, CA at (951) 273-9580.