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The health and integrity of your mouth and related oral tissues can have a direct bearing on your overall quality of life. When oral health conditions or dental trauma affects your mouth, it can be uncomfortable, painful, and potentially costly to treat.

Fortunately, there are some things you can do every day to reduce your chances of suffering an oral health malady. To aid in this effort, Dr. Zoya Yadgarov offers some of the following habits to adapt into your daily routine.

While it might seem mundane, you should make every effort to break bad habits like chewing on pens and pencils or crunching on ice. This also extends to using your teeth as tools. If you regularly participate in rigorous athletic activities and contact sports, you certainly will need to use a quality mouth guard.

If you use tobacco products even on an occasional basis, you should strongly consider talking to your physician about a cessation program. Tobacco use can introduce tar and nicotine to your mouth and irritate gum tissues, increase healing time after dental treatment, and increase your chances of developing gum disease. It’s also worth noting that regular tobacco use has been directly linked to several major types of cancer.

Grinding your teeth at night, which is known as bruxism, can also pose several threats to your oral health. It could result in chips and fractures on the biting surfaces of your teeth. It could even cause TMJ disorder in the joints that hinge your mouth. In some cases, using stress-relief techniques or using a night guard when you sleep can prevent these complications.

It’s also a good idea to stock your first-aid kit with a few common oral healthcare items like waxed floss, salt packets, and topical oral analgesic. Keeping these items readily at hand will help you be prepared for some common oral emergencies.

Of course, your regular dental checkup at Art of Dentistry PC is also critical for maintaining the health of your mouth. This twice-annual appointment will allow our team to clean your teeth and monitor the health of your mouth. This will help us catch and treat any oral health problems before they can exacerbate.

If you live in the New York, New York, area and you would like further insights to help prevent oral trauma, you can always call 212-203-4796 to consult with a staff member at Dr. Zoya Yadgarov’s clinic.