5 Habits That Damage a Smile

5 Habits That Damage a Smile

5 Habits That Damage a Smile

May 25th, 2017

Unintentional teeth grinding can wear down a tooth's bite surface and cause sensitivity.

3. Teeth Grinding

Stress finds many ways to express itself and gnashing of the teeth is just one of them. Teeth grinding, also known as bruxism, slowly thins away enamel, chips fillings and porcelain, and stresses the gums. Worn teeth often look like sandpaper has been run across the biting surface, and replacing missing enamel often involves extensive, full-mouth dental treatment.

SOLUTION: Consider a custom-fit nightguard to save your teeth, jaw, and gums from major problems.

Basketball is the number 1 sport for mouth injuries.

4. Sports without Mouthguards

An elbow to the chops happens in a split second, but the damage can be life-changing. Many athletic activities carry the risk of tooth fracture, and most participants don't consider mouth protection. Do you know the #1 sport for mouth injuries? Basketball! Few players wear a mouthguard, which leads to unnecessary danger. Any close contact sport carries risk worth eliminating.

SOLUTION: Consider a custom athletic guard designed for your particular activity level. Multiple layers of protection can be added for maximum safety.

Chewing tobacco and snuff can cause damage to teeth and gums.

5. Chewing Tobacco

While smoking has declined in recent years, the use of snuff has continued to climb over the past 15 years. Nearly 50,000 people in the U.S. will be diagnosed with oral cancer every year, and many more will suffer from adverse effects of this highly addictive habit. Gum recession, bad breath, and tooth decay are just a few of the problems resulting from the nearly 3000 chemicals found in chewing tobacco.

SOLUTION: If you're not a user, don't start. If you're struggling with quitting, ask us about ideas to support your effort. It's worth it.

Most people want to enjoy a lifetime with their own teeth, but just one bad habit can undermine the best intentions. Fortunately, our team has solutions to lower many risks, and we're here to provide support for any lifestyle changes you'd like to make.

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