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Prevent oral accidents with optimum safety preparation. The more you do to protect yourself and plan ahead, the less you are to suffer from an oral accident that can debilitate your smile and set your oral health care progress back years. Listed below are some of the most common questions and concerns you should look out for when caring for your teeth and gums:

What types of foods and snacks can be harmful to your teeth?
– Many ingredients in food can increase the rate at which tooth decay and gum disease can occur because bacteria in plaque can convert these particles into acids that can cut through tooth enamel. This includes chewy and gummy foods that stick to the teeth and gums, starchy foods, sugary foods, and sour candies with high acidic content. Exercise caution with hard foods and candies that can chip and fracture teeth.

Which activities or habits are considered bad for your oral health?
– If you are involved in any type of contact sport or event, always wear the proper safety gear including mouth guards, facemasks, and head gear. Also, avoid opening products with your mouth, and avoid smoking or chewing tobacco, chewing on ice, and biting your nails, as these can all destroy your smile.

TRUE or FALSE: Chewing on pen caps or pencil erasers can harm your teeth.
– This is true. Chewing on non-edible foods can damage and crack your teeth, cut your gums, and even cause joint damage including TMJ disorders.

Can mouth piercings be dangerous for your teeth and gums?
– Yes, mouth piercings can become choking hazards if knocked loose, they can fracture and damage teeth, and they can cause serious infections.

To learn more about bad habits and oral health dangers, contact Dr. Timothy B. Chatterley and our team at Bright Smiles Dental by calling us at 407-628-1066. If you would like an oral exam or bi-annual professional cleaning, our dentist office is located in Casselberry, Florida. Don’t let bad oral habits control your life. It’s time to fight back and get the smile you deserve!