Bad Habits That Hurt Your Teeth

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It’s easy for so many of us to take our smile for granted. Our teeth play an important role in our oral health. That is why here at Rocky Ridge Dental Associates, we offer advice to help protect your teeth and avoid such damaging habits! Some of these damaging habits include:

Playing sports without wearing a mouthguard
Playing sports without a mouthguard is a dangerous thing to do. With all of the hard, forceful objects involved, there is a high chance that you could injure your teeth, jaw, and even your gums. So, it’s best to wear a mouthguard while playing sports.

Consuming sugary products
Sugary products can attack your teeth and create tooth decay, which is one of the most serious dental issues you can suffer from. Products like candy, cookies, and soda can severely damage your teeth and alter your oral health. So, it’s best to avoid consuming these products. However, if you do decide to have sugary foods and drinks, it’s best to thoroughly clean your smile afterward.

Snacking all day
Snacking all day can make your teeth vulnerable to the harmful substances that cause tooth decay. When you snack, food is constantly stuck in your smile and your teeth don’t have time to recover or produce protective shields.

Chewing on pencils
Chewing on pencils is a bad habit that can fracture and break your teeth. You may not notice the signs right away, but oftentimes the habit can create small fractures in your teeth, which tend to grow throughout time.

Smoking can stain your teeth, cause gum disease, and create oral cancer. The best thing you can do for your smile is quit smoking as soon as possible. If you need help doing so, please feel free to talk to your dentist.

If you wonder how you can take better care of your teeth, or if you feel it’s time for your dental checkup, please call our office today and make an appointment. Let us help give you and your family positive oral health for years to come!