You would never consider running a red light on a busy Flushing street or crossing over a lane of orange construction cones on the freeway, but you might be doing some everyday things that are dangerous for your oral health.
I want to share with you some common habits that could be detrimental to the health of your teeth.
Crunching ice between your teeth might be refreshing, but it can be dangerous to the soft tissue inside your mouth. Once this tissue gets irritated, you’re more likely to get toothaches and have increased sensitivity to hot or cold foods.
Participating in your favorite sport without required mouth protection is a risk that no one should take. If there is a chance that a mouth injury could take place (and there is with most sports) then get to the nearest sporting goods store and buy a mouth guard or, better yet, ask me about a custom mouthguard.
Using your teeth to open anything is a bad idea. Every time your teeth come in contact with foreign objects there is potential for chipping and cracking.
Now that you know how to avoid these risks, what can you do if you’ve already damaged your teeth from these activities or similar ones? Make an appointment with our professional staff and we’ll see how we can help.
If you’ve had chipping or cracking troubles, there are a variety of cosmetic dentistry procedures that might help you. If you have overly-sensitive teeth, I may be able to prescribe a prescription toothpaste to lessen the pain.
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