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Did you know there are things you can do on a regular basis that can severely harm your smile and alter your oral health? Well, it’s true. In fact, there are many things that you might not even think about that can cause major issues down the road. Some common habits that can hurt your teeth and gums include:

Avoiding dental cleanings: Dental cleanings are vital for your smile and for your oral health. In fact, they can be beneficial for your entire body as well. The treatment involved in dental cleanings is the only treatment that can completely clean plaque from your smile. This prevents gum disease. Gum disease is a serious and dangerous dental issue that can result in loose and lost teeth and can also be linked to other health issues, like diabetes and heart disease. So, it’s best to visit your dentist every six months for a cleaning and exam.

Having an inconsistent oral hygiene routine: Oral hygiene is also very important for your smile. If you brush your teeth twice a day, floss your smile once a day, and rinse your mouth daily, there is a high chance you’ll avoid dental issues, like tooth decay and gum disease, and maintain a strong and healthy smile. So, as you can tell, having an inconsistent oral hygiene routine can harm your smile in a myriad of ways.

Refusing to wear a mouthguard: If you participate in contact sports without wearing a mouthguard, there is a high chance a hard and forceful object, like a ball, foot, elbow, or knee, can hit your mouth and injure or knock out a tooth. This should be avoided at all costs by wearing a mouthguard.

Using your teeth as tools: This might seem crazy, but using your teeth as tools can crack, fracture, or break your teeth. This can include using your teeth to open a package, pull off a tag, or tear open an object. It’s best to avoid this habit altogether.

So, if you want to maintain a strong and healthy smile in Waco, Texas, please refrain from participating in these destructive habits. If you would like to learn more or if you need additional tips on how to care for your teeth and gums, please remember that you can always call our team at 254-230-0737. You can also schedule an appointment with Dr. Chad Latino if you have concerns about your oral health. We are happy to help you!