Avoid These Destructive Habits if You Want a Strong and Healthy Smile

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Dr. Ronald Levine and our dental team care about you and your smile. This is why we encourage you to take good care of your teeth, gums, and jaws every chance you can. However, there are many habits that can harm your smile without you even realizing it. So, if you participate in any of these bad habits, our Ronald Levine dental team encourages you to break them as soon as possible:

Avoiding dental cleanings: Dental cleanings are vital for your oral health, especially because the treatment involved is the only technique that can completely remove plaque and bacteria from your smile, which helps prevent gum disease. If you miss your dental cleanings, gum disease and even tooth decay can raid and destroy your smile.

Having an inconsistent oral hygiene routine: Oral hygiene is extremely important. If you forget to brush twice a day, floss once a day, and rinse your mouth daily, there is a high chance you could suffer severe dental issues that can harm your oral health. So, remember to properly clean your smile each day.

Refusing to wear a mouthguard: If you refuse to wear a mouthguard while you participate in contact sports and activities, there is a chance a hard or forceful object can hit your mouth and injure or knock out one or more of your teeth. This is a traumatic issue that can result in serious dental problems. You should avoid it at all costs by protecting your teeth with a mouthguard.

Using your teeth as tools: Using your teeth as tools can harm your smile by cracking, fracturing, or breaking your teeth. So, it’s best to avoid using your teeth to pry open a box, pull off a tag, tear open a package, and other things that require using your teeth as tools.

If you have any questions or if you would like to learn more about how to maintain a strong and healthy smile in Germantown, Maryland, please all our office at 301.540.8808 and talk to a member of our dental team. We also encourage you to schedule an appointment if you’re due for your dental cleaning and exam. We look forward to helping you!