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Your smile and your health are like peas in a pod. If your smile suffers, the likelihood of a drop in your health is also likely to occur, and vice versa. Thus, in order to better care for each, we must do our part to ensure our smile and our health are taken adequately taken care of.

Sometimes, caring for your oral health requires being prepared in advance. Here are some tips to help guide you in the right direction:

What kinds of foods and snacks can damage your teeth?
– Many elements 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 delights that stick to the teeth and gums, starchy foods, and sour candies with high acidic content. Exercise care with hard foods and candies that can chip and crack teeth.

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

Can tongue piercings be bad for your teeth and gums?
– Yes, most types of mouth piercings, especially metal ones, can become choking hazards if knocked loose, they can chip and crack teeth, and they can cause serious infections.

TRUE or FALSE: Chewing on pen caps or pencil erasers can make your jaw stronger.
– This is false. Chewing on non-edible foods can chip or fracture 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. David Cho and our team at Alpha Dental Spa by calling us at 856-829-1989. If you would like an oral exam or bi-annual professional cleaning, our dentist office is located in Cinnaminson, New Jersey. We look forward to helping you in any way we can!