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Are you unconsciously damaging your smile? Most permanent teeth are designed to last a lifetime. We invite you to examine these bad dental habits to see how you can improve your oral health!

1. Teeth are Made for Food

Many people use their teeth as if they were hardware. If a bottle doesn’t open easily, if a bag of chips is resistant, or if a package in the mail refuses to open, some people engage their teeth in the task! This can chip, weaken, and fracture your teeth over the years of abuse. Keep a pair of scissors, a bottle opener, pliers, and a small screwdriver in a handy kitchen drawer and grab the right tool the next time something needs opened, pulled apart, or torn open.

2. Chew the Right Things

Some people subconsciously chew or suck on things that can be damaging to teeth. If you frequently chew ice, popcorn kernels, fruit pits or if you bite your nails, you may be putting your smile at unnecessary risk. Instead, chew on a piece of sugarless gum or healthy food if you feel you need something to bite!

3. Don’t Grind!

Stress can cause people to clench their jaw while they are concentrating. Others grind their teeth while they sleep or when they’re distracted. This can wear your teeth down and can cause jaw soreness. Periodically pause and make sure you are not clenching your teeth. If you chronically grind your teeth, talk with your dentist about a night guard.

4. Your Scary Toothbrush

Your toothbrush is an important appliance, and dentists recommend that you stick to toothbrushes that have “soft” bristles. If the bristles of your toothbrush are too hard, they can damage your gum tissue.

5. Have You Forgotten Something

Did you forget to floss? To use mouthwash? To visit the dentist within the past 6 months? You may be skipping an important habit that can keep your smile bright and healthy. Call our office at 575-522-7320 if you have questions and to schedule your next appointment with Dr. David Sudimack!