Today’s post is for men and women who are discouraged because they haven’t been successful at making some changes that will benefit their dental health. Jim Erpenbach DDS, your dentist in Knoxville, want to encourage you to keep trying.
Keep Trying To Floss
Many people 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 lodged between your teeth. Failure to floss can lead to periodontal disease which can, in turn, result in tooth loss.
We encourage everyone to make it a habit to floss correctly every day. If you are not sure how to floss correctly, any one of the dental hygienists at Jim Erpenbach DDS.
Keep Trying to Overcome Dental Anxiety
Skipping dental checkups can have harmful, and in some cases, irreversible oral health consequences. But that is what some people do, as they cope with dental anxiety. Severe cavities or delayed diagnosis of oral cancer are two potential hazards.
If you are afraid of going to the dentist, you are not alone. A significant portion of the population has dental anxiety. Fortunately, there are many ways to manage it so you can undergo an exam and any necessary procedures. Talk to Dr. Erpenbach about your options.
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 drop the habit, it’s clear that you value your health and want to lower your risk for all the troubles caused or exacerbated by smoking, chewing, or vaping.
Many smokers do not conquer the habit the first time. But there’s hope! According to the CDC, there are now more former smokers than present users. Each of those former smokers was once right where you are. Keep trying!
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