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Are you watching out for your teeth and gums against any and all dangers? Did you know that your teeth are extremely vulnerable during contact sports and other high-risk activities? If you are doing any type of activity that could lead to an oral accident, but sure to implement the proper safety guidelines to ensure your teeth are well protected. Listed below are some commonly asked questions regarding the safety of your smile:

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

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

Which activities or habits are considered dangerous for your oral health?
– If you are playing any type of contact sport or event, be sure to 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, munching on ice, and biting your nails, as these can all damage your smile.

Can mouth piercings be harmful to your teeth and gums?
– Yes, mouth piercings can become choking hazards if they become loose, they can chip and crack teeth, and they can cause serious infections.

To learn more about bad habits and oral health dangers, contact Dr. Tae Chul Ho and our team at Waterview Dental Group by calling us at 860-342-4141. If you would like an oral exam or bi-annual professional cleaning, our dentist office is located in Portland, Connecticut. We will get you back to smiling once more!