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How prepared is your smile for tooth hazards in your day-to-day life? Do you take the necessary steps to keep your smile safe from the dietary choices you make and have you understood the risks that you’re taking with your smile every day? If you’re not prepared, an oral accident or injury can severely hinder your oral health and set back your teeth and gums for many years.

To keep your teeth and gums healthy, never use your mouth for products with which it is not intended. Generally, your teeth should only be used for eating. This means avoiding opening products with your teeth. By trying to pop off bottle caps or open plastic packaging with your teeth, you can end up shredding your gums and chipping and cracking your teeth. To avoid these dental dangers, do not open products with your mouth.

Are you aware of the risks that products such as sports drinks, fruit drinks, potato chips, soda, and gummy candies can produce? The key link between all of these products is that they are packed with sugars or starches. Sugars and starches are dangerous for your smile because they are known tooth hazards. Harmful plaque buildup in your mouth can convert these substances into acids capable of eating through your tooth enamel. Thus, exercise caution with products that are high in sugars and starches.

It’s always a good idea to limit the amount of snacking you do throughout the day. By avoiding snacking, you can help protect your teeth by limiting the time in which food is present on your teeth and gums. This can lower your risk of tooth decay and gum disease. Generally, eat during large meals only.

The most amazing smiles and oral health care routines begin with tooth hazard prevention. If you would like to set up an appointment with Dr. Bennett R. Shanker at our dentist office in Bridgeton, New Jersey for tooth hazard prevention, please call us at 856-455-1183. Our team at Shanker Dental looks forward to keeping your oral health in peak condition.