Five Common Ways to Damage Your Teeth

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Are you a smoker? It’s one of the most damaging things you can do to your oral health–and overall health.

By now, most of us know that forgetting to brush or floss regularly is an invitation for oral health problems.

But those aren’t the only things that can harm your teeth and gums. Consider whether or not you’re guilty of the following—if so, now is the time to put more effort into your oral hygiene.

1. Binge eating sweets. Excessive consumption of treats and sweets that are high in sugar can lead to tooth decay as a result of plaque buildup. Try to keep eating sweets to a minimum, and remember to brush your teeth or rinse with water immediately after consuming a high-in-sugar treat.

2. Chewing on ice. It’s just water, right? Wrong! Chewing on ice can easily crack and chip teeth, leading to unwanted dental bills that could be easily avoided. If this is common for you, consider replacing the habit with sugarless gum.

3. Using your teeth as a tool. Whether it’s a fingernail or a package, most of us have been guilty of using our teeth as a tool at some point. However, doing so is a quick way to break or damage your pearly whites. Choose scissors or handheld tools instead, and keep your teeth for chewing.

4. Smoking. Cigarettes can lead to a host of oral health problems, including gum issues, darkened or stained teeth and even mouth cancer.

5. Skipping routine maintenance. If it’s been a while since your last visit with us, give us a call to book your next appointment. Keeping up with your regularly scheduled hygiene visits is critical for the health and longevity of your teeth.

We look forward to seeing you soon.