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Are you doing everything you can to keep your teeth and gums safe? Are you aware of which foods and drinks could potentially damage your smile? Are you aware of which activities and lifestyle habits are also dangerous? Be prepared by always asking yourself what lifestyle choices you are currently involved in could be dangerous, and what to do to minimize the risks:
Listed below are some tips for protecting your teeth and gums:

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

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

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

Which activities or habits require safety precautions for your oral health?
– If you are playing any type of contact sport or event, always wear the proper safety gear such as 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 injure your smile.

To learn more about bad habits and oral health dangers, contact Dr. Jade Cherrington and our team at Rimrock Dental of Redmond by calling us at 541-699-4200. If you would like an oral exam or bi-annual professional cleaning, our dentist office is located in Redmond, Oregon. Let us help you take charge of your future with a healthy smile!