To protect your smile from tooth hazards that can arise, it is always a good idea to be aware of what kind of foods and drinks you should avoid. By understanding dietary choices can potentially lead to oral accidents or injuries, you can make sure your smile will be well protected from many oral health care risks. In addition, it is a good idea to understand how your mouth should be used and what tasks you should avoid.
Never try to open stuff with your teeth as doing so can easily cause dental damage. Opening products such as bottle caps with your teeth are a known tooth hazard. This is one of the easiest ways to damage your teeth and can chip and crack your teeth or cause your teeth to be knocked out. Instead, always have tools nearby such as scissors or bottle openers to lower the temptation to use your teeth as tools.
Sugars are a known cause of dental damage. Tooth hazards can arise due to sticky or chewy sweets, sports drinks, fruit juice, soda, and many other products that are heavily laden with sugars. The reason is that your mouth takes these sugars and converts them into harmful acids which can chew through your tooth enamel. Similarly, exercise caution with starchy products such as potato chips, as your mouth can also break down starches into acids as well.
Avoid snacking throughout the day. Constant snacking puts your mouth at risk for numerous forms of dental damage, including an increased risk of tooth decay. This is because food debris will linger in your mouth long after consumption and slowly eat away at your tooth enamel. Always try to eat your snacks as part of larger meals or focus on snacks that are low in sugars and starches such as carrot sticks.
The best smiles are made possible with tooth hazard prevention. To upgrade your smile with tooth hazard prevention, you are welcome to schedule a visit to our dentist in Springboro, Dayton, and Kettering, Ohio. If you would like Dr. Sellers, Dr. Platt, Dr. Lochtefeld, and Dr. Lochtefeld and our team at Dayton Comprehensive Dentistry to talk to you about tooth hazard prevention, please call our dentist office at (937) 253-3601.