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The Risky Business Of Bad Dental Habits [BLOG]

It’s that time of year again! Kids are loading up their backpacks and lunchboxes and heading back to school.

So your friends at Stephen K. Williams DDS & Associates want to remind you to protect your family’s smiles by visiting us for routine dental cleanings and exams!

We’re also here to support your daily efforts to make sure the ones you love most know how to prevent dental problems that threaten your oral and overall health!

Bad Dental Habits That Put Your Smile At Risk

Here are some of the ways you might be putting your dental health at risk:

*Poor Oral Hygiene*

This should go without saying, right?

You already know you should be brushing your teeth twice a day and flossing at least once a day. It’s essential to clean food particles, debris, and harmful bacteria from your mouth.

But your oral hygiene isn’t just about what you do everyday at home. It’s also about making routine checkups with your Bicknell dentist a part of your lifestyle.

Failing to maintain consistent oral hygiene, both at home and at the dentist, is going to make you much more susceptible to tooth decay, cavities, and gum disease.

*Drinking Soda*

Enjoying a soft drink here and there isn’t going to wreck your smile.

But sipping soda on a daily basis is risky business. Regular soft drinks are loaded with sugar, which we all know is bad enough for your teeth. The sweet residue it leaves inside your mouth is nothing but fuel for bad bacteria.

But diet soft drinks are just as harmful to your dental health! Minus the sugar, you still have the acidity to contend with, which will only erode your enamel and weaken your teeth.

You’ve heard it before, but moderation is best when it comes to consuming soft drinks and other sugary, acidic beverages, and water is always going to be the best choice for your oral and overall health.

*Disregarding Safety*

People who maintain an active lifestyle do have an advantage in achieving good health.

But if you’re not taking steps to protect your teeth and gums while you’re participating in sports or intense physical activity, you’re putting your dental health at risk.

An athletic mouthguard is a simple, but effective safeguard against traumatic dental injuries that impact your teeth and gums!

*Putting Off Dental Treatment*

Although we certainly understand why so many people do it, avoiding the dentist is a bad idea.

Not only do you need routine dental care just to keep your teeth and gums clean of harmful plaque buildup, but you also need help from a dental professional to spot tooth decay and gum disease at the earliest stages to optimize the success of your treatment.

If you’re able to keep up with these important routine visits, you’re on the right track!

But if a dental exam reveals a problem, you really get into trouble if you put off dental treatment for that problem.

Decay, cavities, and gum disease will not heal naturally, so failing to treat these issues right away will begin a domino effect of consequences, like irreversible gum disease, costly treatments down the road, and even tooth loss.

*Smoking*

Everyone knows about the general health risks of smoking.

But not everyone knows about what tobacco use can do to dental health specifically.

The most obvious consequence of smoking or chewing tobacco is a cosmetic one because it stains your teeth. More seriously than that are the consequences to your oral health, such as a significant increase in your risk for oral cancer, gum disease, and tooth loss.

Visit Your Bicknell Dentist!

Since many families are sending their kids back to school this month, it’s the perfect time to ensure they have healthy teeth and gums!

Visit your Bicknell dentist for a dental cleaning and exam so we can look for any signs of trouble and take quick action to keep your family’s oral health on track and the risk for tooth decay and cavities low!

Call Stephen K. Williams DDS & Associates today at (812) 220-0636 or fill out our online form to set up an appointment for your family.

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