We hope this post from The Lewisville Dentist will alert blog visitors to some harmful oral health threats. Too often, we treat tooth decay and damage caused by the following:
1. Sports Injuries
Many parents send their children out on the playing field with a mouthguard but don’t protect their own teeth when they participate in activities that put them at risk.
2. Ice Chomping
Many people like chewing ice, especially that irresistible pebble ice you can get in some fountain drinks. You may not even be aware that you chew on the ice when you have finished your drink. Breaking this habit can protect your teeth from cracks, chips, and tooth sensitivity.
3. Oral Piercings
Are you someone who expresses your personality with piercings in and around the mouth? We strongly discourage this. In addition to the risk of cracking or chipping, infection and permanent nerve damage can develop.
4. Gummy or Sour Candy
Of course, sweets are no friend to your enamel, but gummy candy packs a double punch because it is both sugary and clings firmly to teeth. Sour candy triggers even more acid production than sugary candy alone. If your sweet tooth is extremely persuasive, chew sugarless gum.
5. Eating Disorders
These complex disorders have a myriad of mental and physical ramifications and, for most affected people, cannot be simply wished away with willpower. If you suffer from bulimia or anorexia, we hope you are receiving the appropriate specialized care. Be advised, however, that there are some things you can do to receive a measure of protection for your teeth while you work through the healing process. We can provide sensitive, discrete oral health counsel for those currently suffering or those who have overcome a disorder but have tooth damage as a result.
Is It Too Late?
If you have oral health problems due to one of these, or for any other reason, there are still ways to heal your smile. Virtually all tooth damage can be treated with advanced dentistry.
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