Avoid These 5 Smile Wreckers

oral health hazards Winston-Salem

We hope this post from Winston-Salem Dental Group will alert you to some harmful oral health hazards. Too often, our dentists treat decay and damage caused by the following:

1. Sports Injuries

Many parents send their children out on the playing field with a mouthguard but fail to protect themselves when they participate in activities that put teeth at risk. You can pick up a mouth guard at any sporting goods store, and we strongly advise that you do.

2. Ice Chomping

Many people enjoy chewing ice, especially that irresistible pebble ice you can get in some fountain drinks. You may not even be aware that you chew it 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 all sugary treats are no friend to your enamel, but gummy candy packs a double punch because it is both sugary and clings 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 host of mental and physical considerations and, for most affected people, cannot be simply wished away. If you suffer from bulimia or anorexia, we hope you are receiving professional treatment. Be advised, however, that there are things you can do to protect your teeth while you work through the healing process. We can provide sensitive, discreet oral health guidance for those currently suffering or those who have overcome a disorder but have tooth damage as a result.

What If It’s Too Late?

If you have oral health issues 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. We pride ourselves on providing answers to the dental issues caused by common smile wreckers.

At Winston-Salem Dental Group we offer general and cosmetic dentistry, and hope you’ll schedule your next checkup with us soon.

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Winston-Salem, North Carolina


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