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Are your day-to-day activities putting your teeth and gums at a greater risk for damage? Do you have an oral health care plan in place to ensure that certain foods or activities don’t slip into your life and threaten your smile? If not, start anew by preparing and preventing any risks of oral damage that could come your way.

Keep your smile intact and away from danger. Use the following outline to help enhance your oral health care plan:

What types of foods and snacks can be detrimental to your teeth?
– Many ingredients 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 chew through tooth enamel. This includes starchy foods, chewy and gummy foods that stick to the teeth and gums, sugary foods, and sour candies with high acidic content. Exercise caution with hard foods and candies that can fracture and crack teeth.

Which activities or habits should you take heed of?
– If you are playing any type of contact sport or event, always wear the proper safety equipment including mouth guards, facemasks, and head gear. Also, avoid opening products with your mouth, and avoid smoking or chewing tobacco, chewing on ice, and biting your nails, as these can all ruin your smile.

Can mouth piercings be destructive to your teeth and gums?
– Yes, mouth piercings can become choking hazards if they fall out, they can chip and crack teeth, and they can cause serious infections.

TRUE or FALSE: Chewing on pen caps or pencil erasers can destroy your teeth.
– This is true. Chewing on non-edible foods can fracture or crack your teeth, cut your gums, and even cause joint damage including TMJ disorders.

To learn more about bad habits and oral health dangers, contact Dr. Edmund L. W. Char and our team at Char Dental by calling us at (808) 450-2155. If you would like an oral exam or bi-annual professional cleaning, our dentist office is located in Honolulu, Hawaii. We will get you the smile you’ve always wanted!