Today’s post is for men and women who are frustrated because they haven’t been successful at making some changes that will benefit their dental health. We want to encourage you to keep trying and assure you that the team of dental professionals at Thompson & Frey Cosmetic & Family Dentistry in Owensboro is eager to help.
Keep Trying To Floss
Many individuals are dutiful 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, lead to 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. Millions of Americans cope with dental anxiety. Fortunately, there are ways to manage this condition, like sedation dentistry, so you can undergo an exam and any required procedures.
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 kick the habit, 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.
There is hope! According to the CDC, there are now more former smokers than current ones. Each of those former smokers was once right where you are. Keep trying!