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Have you ever done anything in your life and immediately regretted the decision? Obviously, most of us have, but how could we have foreseen the consequences of our actions. Many times, simply running potential outcomes through our minds is enough for us to realize it could be a bad idea. With your oral health care, preparing in advance by formulating a risk prevention plan can help you with making oral health care decisions when they present themselves.

Caring for your smile includes preparing for any mishaps. Use the following to help implement your own oral health care gameplan:

Can lip piercings be bad for your teeth and gums?
– Yes, lip and tongue piercings can become choking hazards if knocked loose, they can chip and crack teeth, and they can cause serious infections.

What types of foods and snacks should you avoid?
– Many components in food can increase the rate at which tooth decay and gum disease can occur because bacteria in plaque can convert these particles into acids that can eat through tooth enamel. This includes sugary sweets, chewy and gummy foods that stick to the teeth and gums, starchy foods, and sour candies with high acidic content. Use caution with hard foods and candies that can chip and crack teeth.

TRUE or FALSE: Chewing on pen caps or pencil erasers can make your teeth stronger.
– This is false. Chewing on non-edible foods can chip or crack your teeth, slice your gums, and even cause joint damage including TMJ disorders.

Which activities or habits are considered hazardous to your oral health?
– If you are playing any type of contact sport or event, always include the proper safety gear including mouth guards, facemasks, and head gear. Also, avoid opening things with your mouth, and avoid smoking or chewing tobacco, chewing on ice, and biting your nails, as these can all damage your smile.

To learn more about bad habits and oral health dangers, contact Dr. Denny Cho and our team at Smile Dental Studio by calling us at 801-583-4500. If you would like an oral exam or bi-annual professional cleaning, our dentist office is located in Salt Lake City, Utah. We look forward to speaking with you soon!