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Your smile is more fragile than you think it is, which is why our Rimrock Dental of Redmond team recommends caring for your chompers on a regular basis. But did you know that there are habits found at the office that can slowly but surely destroy your smile? Well, it’s true, and some of those habits are:

Using your teeth as tools
Using your teeth as tools (like to open or cut things like paper, tape, and packages) can chip away your tooth enamel and create tooth fractures. The best way to open and cut things is to use office supplies, like scissors and box cutters, to do the job.

Chewing on pens and pencils
Chewing on pens and pencils can wear down the edges of your teeth and can possibly cause toothaches and fractures, so it’s best to avoid this habit. To relieve your chewing habit, chew on celery or carrot sticks throughout the day.

Sipping on your cup of Joe all day
Sipping on drinks throughout the day can cause a dry mouth and bad breath. It can also create cavities and tooth discoloration as time passes. If you have to drink a beverage, drink green tea for a caffeine boost. If you absolutely have to drink coffee, skip the sugar and drink water after you finish the coffee.

Taking a smoke break
Tobacco products can completely destroy your smile and your overall health, so it’s best to avoid this habit altogether. Smoking can cause lung cancer, oral cancer, tooth decay, gum disease, and tooth loss. If you need help quitting this habit, your dentist will be happy to give you the tips and help you need.

Leaving your toothbrush at home
If you want a strong and healthy smile, the best thing you can do is clean it throughout the day. So, keep a toothbrush and toothpaste in your office drawer and brush after lunch and snacking.

Dr. Jade Cherrington and our entire dental team strongly recommend avoiding these habits as much as possible. Doing so will help you maintain a strong, healthy, and beautiful smile for a lifetime. If you need help kicking these habits, we encourage you to call 541-699-4200 and schedule an appointment. We are more than happy to help you!