These Are The Biggest Threats To Your Oral Health

Your oral health can have a major impact on your health as a whole. It’s important to keep your mouth healthy to avoid serious health issues. To better protect the health of your mouth, you should pay attention to three of the things posing the biggest threat to your oral health.

Below, you’ll find information about the three biggest threats to your oral health and what you can do to stay healthy.

At Parkway Dental, we encourage you to educate yourself about the risks, then call our Snellville, GA dental office to schedule a cleaning to maintain a healthy smile.


It is a well-known fact that tobacco isn’t good for your mouth. Smoking or using other tobacco products increases your risk of developing dental problems, including oral cancer.

While all tobacco products are bad for you, snus and chewing tobacco, a smokeless tobacco product are particularly harmful to your gum tissue and tooth enamel. Over time, tobacco products will cause your gums to recede, which exposes the roots of your teeth. When your roots are exposed, you’re more at risk for tooth decay and sensitivity.

Many smokeless tobacco products also contain sugars to sweeten the flavor. Sugar is practically your mouth’s worst enemy.

In general, people who use tobacco products are more prone to yellowing teeth and bad bath. They’re also at a higher risk for developing cancer of the throat, gums, esophagus, cheek, and lips. Additional health risks caused by tobacco include:

  • Buildup of tartar and plaque
  • Inflammation
  • Jawbone deterioration
  • Tooth loss
  • Gum disease
  • Root canals
  • Mouth pain
  • Cavities

Because tobacco weakens your immune system, your body will also have a hard time fighting off gum disease and cancer if you use tobacco products.

Poor Nutrition

A well-balanced diet is essential to good oral health. Without proper nutrients, your body can’t effectively fight infections and disease, putting you at a higher risk of oral health issues.

The biggest diet-related threat to your oral health is sugar.

When you eat sugar, the bacteria in your mouth feed off it, creating a buildup of plaque and tartar that eventually leads to tooth decay. If left untreated, tooth decay can turn into cavities.

One of the biggest sources of sugar in the American diet, and in turn tooth decay, are sugary beverages.  

For the sake of your oral health, it’s important to eat a well-balanced diet and limit the consumption of sugary foods and drinks as much as possible. Because tap water contains fluoride, you’re much better off drinking water or milk if you want strong and healthy teeth, as well as good health overall.

Not Seeing Your Dentist Regularly

According to the American Dental Associates, approximately 100 million Americans fail to see their dentist on a regular basis. Regular checkups with your dentist are an important part of maintaining good oral health and preventing serious health problems.

When you visit our office, we do more than just clean your teeth. We look at the health of your mouth, including your throat, tongue, cheeks, and gums, and look for cavities and signs of oral cancer. We can also help fix any issues you have with your teeth, including how they look.  

When you visit Parkway Dental for a checkup, you’ll find that we can help you combat anything that may be threatening your oral health. We’re more than happy to provide you with information about how to quit smoking, tips, and tricks for how to eat a well-balanced diet, and tools to keep your smile healthy at home. This valuable support and information are otherwise lost without a visit to our Snellville, GA dental office.

Take Care Of Your Smile, Call Us Today

You can never be too careful when it comes to your health. At Parkway Dental we want to work with you to keep your smile bright and your mouth healthy. You’ve already taken a step in the right direction by educating yourself about threats to your oral health. We now encourage you to take another step forward by calling our office to schedule a consultation and dental cleaning.

At Parkway Dental, our friendly and experienced staff can keep you on track toward a healthy and happy smile, no matter what life throws your way. Call our Snellville, GA dental office at (770) 676-1122 or contact us online to request an appointment.



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