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How would you rank your oral health care cleaning routine? In addition to brushing and flossing daily, how would you rank your prevention plans and protective methods in place to keep your smile safe from tooth hazards? Although we often practice effective cleaning techniques, tooth hazard prevention planning is often neglected. Thus, it is important to be aware of all products and bad habits you’re partaking in that could be damaging your smile. Listed below are a few tooth hazards to be aware of:

Biting your nails

– Exercise caution with any bad habits that include biting products that are not meant to be chewed, including your nails.

Chewing on pens, pencils, or pen caps

– As with biting your nails, it is important to make sure you’re not using your teeth to bite products that are not meant to be bitten. Furthermore, avoid chewing on ice or any other hard products that can easily chip and crack your teeth.

Smoking or chewing tobacco

– Tobacco is a product that is known to cause stained teeth, lead to bad breath, and eventually, cause severe damage to your smile. Avoid smoking or chewing tobacco, as it can eventually lead to severe risks such as tooth loss and cancer.

Drinking wine

– Although we often think of wine as being one of the healthy alternatives to most other forms of alcohol and even drinks such as soda and sports drinks, the truth is wine is dangerous for your smile as well. Not only can wine greatly increase your risk for stains, but the acidity in wine can eat away at tooth enamel.

Come in and see for yourself the beauty of a damage-free smile from the office of Smile Time Family Dentistry. To book an appointment with Dr. Wendy McCurdy and our team at our dentist office in Hattiesburg, Mississippi, call us at 601-583-2000, and a member of our team will gladly assist you.