We hope today’s post will alert blog visitors to some harmful oral health risks. At OKC Smiles, too often, we treat cavities and damage caused by the following:
1. Sports Injuries
Many parents send their children out on the playing field with a mouthguard but fail to protect themselves when they participate in activities that put teeth at risk. Talk to us at OKC Smiles about custom sports mouthguards for every athlete in the family.
2. Ice Chomping
Many individuals enjoy chewing ice, especially that irresistible pebble ice you can get in some fountain drinks. You may not even be aware that you chew on the ice when you have finished your beverage. Breaking this habit can shield your teeth from cracks, chips, and tooth sensitivity.
3. Oral Piercings
Are you someone who expresses your personality with piercings in and around the mouth? We strongly discourage this. In addition to the risk of cracking or chipping, infection and permanent nerve damage can occur.
4. Gummy or Sour Candy
Of course all sugary treats are no friend to your enamel, but gummy candy packs a double punch because it is both sugary and clings tightly to teeth. Sour candy triggers even more acid production than sugary candy alone. If your sweet tooth is extremely persuasive, chew sugarless gum.
5. Eating Disorders
These complex mental disorders have a plethora of mental and physical considerations and, for most affected people, cannot be simply wished away with willpower. If you suffer from bulimia or anorexia, we hope you are receiving the appropriate professional treatment. Be advised, however, that there are some things you can do to obtain a measure of protection for your teeth while you work through the healing process. Dr. Phan can provide sensitive, discrete oral health counsel for those currently suffering or those who have overcome a disorder but have tooth damage as a result.
What If It’s Too Late?
If you have oral health issues due to one of these, or for any other reason, there are still ways to heal your smile. Virtually all tooth damage can be treated with advanced dentistry. We pride ourselves on providing solutions to the dental dilemmas caused by common smile wreckers. However, we are even happier when our patients are able to avoid them and just visit us twice a year for a checkup and cleaning. OKC Smiles is located at 930 SW 107th St, in Oklahoma City, Oklahoma. Call us at 405-634-7303 to schedule a consultation.
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