The importance of your smile cannot be understated. Not only is it a window into your soul for the world to see, but it also facilitates speaking, eating, and chewing food properly. If one part of your mouth becomes damaged, it can have a domino effect on the rest of the mouth as well.

Make sure your smile is protected for many years to come. Consider the following oral accident and injury prevention guidelines:

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

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

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

Which activities or habits are considered perilous for your oral health?– If you are playing any type of contact sport or event, always have the proper safety gear including mouth guards, facemasks, and head gear. Also, avoid opening products with your mouth, and avoid smoking or chewing tobacco, chewing on ice, and biting your nails, as these can all hurt your smile.

To learn more about bad habits and oral health dangers, contact Dr. Susan Chmiel and our team at Drs. Susan Chmiel & Rachel Bohn by calling us at 414-525-0300. If you would like an oral exam or bi-annual professional cleaning, our dentist office is located in Franklin, Wisconsin. Thank you for stopping by, and have a wonderful day!

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