Building a safe smile includes always taking the necessary steps to avoid tooth hazards that may be present in your day-to-day life. Some of the biggest oral health risks that you’re often faced with are actually from your diet. Numerous dietary selections and choices can destroy your smile in several different ways. In order to protect your smile, exercise caution with all products that you consume.
Are you aware of the risks associated with sugary substances such as fruit juice, soda, and sports drinks? If you are not aware, these products are often heavily laden with sugars that can be converted by plaque and bacteria in your mouth into harmful acids. When these acids come into contact with your gums and tooth enamel, they can slowly deteriorate them. Thus, eliminate extremely sugary products from your diet. Also, be aware that sticky or chewy sweets can linger in your mouth and be difficult to wash away. This can increase the amount of time that tooth decay can occur. Similarly, constant snacking throughout the day can also put your smile at an increased risk of tooth decay.
To help keep your smile safe, always use your teeth and gums for tasks for which they are intended. This includes for eating and drinking only. Never use your teeth to try to open any products such as water bottles, bottle caps, or plastic packages, as doing so can destroy your teeth and gums.
Our team at Szmanda Dental focuses on a selection of treatments to suit all your oral health care needs. If you would like an oral exam, please schedule an appointment to come see us in Wausau, Wisconsin by calling 715-845-3200. Our dedicated dentists, Drs. Paul Szmanda, Jim Sobolewski, and Yvonne Schmitz, are here to help you maintain your healthy smile!