If you want the best and healthiest smile and oral health possible, then it’s best to avoid participating in harmful dental habits. Some dental habits your dentist, Dr. Roy Oyangen, and our Advanced Aesthetics Dentistry team recommend that you avoid include:
Playing sports without wearing a mouthguard
Playing sports without wearing a mouthguard is extremely dangerous for your smile, especially because of the hard, forceful objects involved in the sport. Oftentimes, a knee, elbow, or sports ball will hit your mouth and severely injure your teeth and jaw. The best thing you can do to avoid this occurrence is wear a mouthguard.
Consuming sugary products
Sugar is a harmful substance that can attack your smile and create tooth decay. So, it’s best to avoid consuming products like candy, sweets, and soda. However, if you do happen to eat or drink sugary products, it’s important to properly clean your smile afterward.
Snacking all day
Snacking all day can make your smile vulnerable to tooth decay, especially because snacking doesn’t give your teeth time to strengthen their enamel and block harmful substances. So, please limit your snacking and stick to only eating meals throughout the day.
Chewing on pencils
Chewing on pencils is a harmful habit that creates small fractures in your tooth’s enamel. Over time, those fractures become bigger and thicker, resulting in major dental issues in the future.
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 avoid these habits, your smile and oral health will remain in tip-top shape. To learn more about bad dental habits in Schenectady, NY, please call our office at [phone] and talk to a member of our dental team. We are happy to help you in any way we can, and we look forward to hearing from you!