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By brushing your teeth twice a day, flossing, and following the advice of your dentist and hygienist, your chances of maintaining healthy teeth and gums will be very good.
However, taking care of your overall health through your lifestyle is another major contributor to keeping your teeth and gums in great condition.
Drinking alcohol and smoking are two lifestyle habits that can be very detrimental to your oral health.
Drinking alcohol is known to be a major cause of tooth decay. Drinking on a regular basis has also been linked to mouth cancer, as a high percentage of those diagnosed cite frequent alcohol intake as a part of their lifestyle and diet.
Smoking is another habit that can cause major complications for your oral health, as well as your health in general. Smoking can cause discolouration of your teeth, bad breath, and gum disease. Just like drinking alcohol regularly, frequent smoking is another mouth cancer risk.
The benefits of cutting down on drinking alcohol and quitting smoking are great not only for your teeth and gums, but for your overall health as well.
If you would like an assessment of your oral health and further advice on how to keep your teeth and gums healthy, please contact our practice by telephone or through our website to arrange an appointment.