Avoid These 5 Smile Wreckers

oral health hazards Bridgewater A smile can reflect a good heart and your best intentions. It’s one of your most valuable assets, and at Smiles for Life Dental Care in Bridgewater and Staunton VA we remind you to do whatever you can to protect it. 1. Sports Injuries Many parents send their kids out on the playing field with a mouthguard but fail to protect themselves when they participate in activities that put teeth at risk. Talk to us about custom sports mouthguards for every athlete in the family. 2. Ice Chomping Many people enjoy chewing ice, especially that irresistible pebble ice you can get in some fountain drinks. You may not even be aware that you chew on the ice when you have finished your beverage. Breaking this habit can protect your teeth from cracks, chips, and tooth sensitivity. 3. Oral Piercings Are you someone who expresses your personality with piercings in and around the mouth? We strongly discourage this. In addition to the risk of cracking or chipping, infection and permanent nerve damage can result. 4. Gummy or Sour Candy Of course all sugar-filled treats are no friend to your enamel, but gummy candy packs a double punch because it is both sugary and clings firmly to teeth. Sour candy triggers even more acid production than sugary candy alone. If your sweet tooth is extremely persuasive, chew sugarless gum. 5. Eating Disorders These complex mental disorders have a myriad of mental and physical considerations and, for most affected people, cannot be simply wished away with willpower. If you suffer from bulimia or anorexia, we hope you are receiving the appropriate professional treatment. Be advised, however, that there are some things you can do to receive a measure of protection for your teeth while you work through the healing process. doctor Whiting can provide sensitive, discrete oral health guidance for those currently suffering or those who have overcome a disorder but have tooth damage as a result. What If It’s Too Late? If you have oral health dilemmas due to one of these, or for any other reason, there are still ways to heal your smile. Virtually all tooth damage can be treated with advanced dentistry. We pride ourselves on providing solutions to the dental problems caused by common smile wreckers. However, we are even happier when our patients are able to avoid them and just visit us twice a year for a checkup and cleaning. At Smiles for Life Dental Care in Bridgewater and Staunton VA we want you to have the best smile possible, and that means doing everything you can to protect it. People from Waynesboro, Fairfield, and Monterey come to our practice for cosmetic dentistry and dental implants. Call us to schedule your next checkup today!

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Bridgewater Location 115 Oakwood Dr Bridgewater, VA 22812 540-828-2312

Staunton Location 502 N Coalter St Staunton, VA 24401 540-887-3304

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