Your daily at-home oral hygiene routine and twice yearly visits to Galleria Dental Aesthetics in Alexandria are not the only factors in preventative dentistry. In fact, according to the World Health Organization, environmental factors play a large role in determining the health of your teeth.
Environmental Factors that Impact Oral Health
There is substantial research that shows fluoride is essential in preventing cavities. In areas where fluoride is added to water, there are fewer instances of tooth decay. Likewise, in areas where fluoride is not added to the water supply, tooth decay is more prevalent.
Another environmental factor that can impact oral health is a lack of access to, or education about proper dietary habits. Over consumption of foods high in sugars and carbohydrates is directly linked to tooth decay.
Fortunately, water in Northern Virginia contains safe amounts of fluoride. In addition, many school districts in Northern Virginia have implemented healthy lunches. These steps can help protect your teeth’s health, but must be bolstered by your at-home routine and biannual checkups. During these visits to our office, our dentists can further discuss ways you can keep your teeth and gums healthy and happy for a lifetime.
If you live in or around Alexandria, Virginia and would like more information about proper oral health, please contact Galleria Dental Aesthetics to schedule an appointment today.