You should never assume your teeth are extremely strong. The moment you think your teeth can handle any kind of task is the moment you suffer dental damage. Tooth hazards can strike anytime, and it can arise in even the most mundane of places. Even simple tasks that may not seem like a big issue could cause severe oral health trauma in the future. Exercise caution with tooth hazards.
Never try to open products with your teeth, as it could cause dental damage. Opening products with your teeth can cause tooth hazard whether it be metal, plastic packaging, or bottle caps. It is best to always make sure you have a tool nearby, so you can open products and not be tempted by using your teeth. Too many times people are using their teeth for opening packaging and suffering from chipped and cracked teeth or even tooth loss.
Avoid overly sugar products or products that are high in starch. Gummy candies, sports drinks, soda, and fruit juice, are all packed with sugars that can easily damage your smile. This is because plaque buildup in your mouth can convert these substances into harmful acids which cause dental erosion. In addition, starchy products such as potato chips will be broken down into acids in your mouth.
Exercise caution when snacking. As a general rule of thumb, you should avoid snacking throughout the day as it can increase your risk for tooth decay and leave bits of food debris in your mouth which will lead to cavities and gum disease. In addition, saliva production will decrease, and your mouth will be more susceptible to dental damage. Avoid snacking throughout the day or sick the products such as carrot sticks.
There truly is no better way to enhance your smile than with tooth hazard prevention. If you would like to discuss tooth hazard prevention and have your teeth examined by our team at Cedar Pointe Family Dentistry, please book an appointment with Dr. Ryan H. Wilson and our team at our dentist office. To initiate a visit with us in Farmington, New Mexico, call our office at (505) 327.0044.