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It’s that time of year again, when the sun is shining and the warm air fills our lungs! It’s a fun time of year to play sports and have many adventures. There are times however, when an accident can cause harm to your smile. Yet, did you know if you have bad oral habits, these accidents can become much worse, resulting in damaging effects that could have been avoided? If so, you are not alone. That is why our team at Cory Williams, DDS wants to warn you of these habits, so you can strive to keep your oral health in positive shape, no matter what is thrown your way!

Here are the five habits to avoid:

1. Playing sports without wearing a mouthguard: If you play sports without wearing a mouthguard, there is a high chance that the hard, forceful objects involved in the sport can hit your mouth and cause broken, loose, or lost teeth and it can also cause a misaligned or injured jaw. So, make sure you wear a mouthguard while you are active.

2. Consuming sugary products: Sugar is the substance that can create tooth decay, so it’s best to protect your teeth by avoiding consuming sugary products like candy, sweets, and soda. However, if you do end up eating or drinking sugary products, it’s best to properly clean your smile afterward.

3. Snacking all day: Snacking all day can make your smile vulnerable to tooth decay, especially because snacking doesn’t give your teeth time to strengthen their enamel and block harmful substances. So, please limit your snacking and stick to only eating meals throughout the day.

4. Chewing on pencils: Whether you believe it or not, chewing on pencils can fracture your pearly whites. Over time, those fractures become bigger and thicker, resulting in major dental issues in the future. So, it’s best to avoid this habit.

5. Smoking: Smoking is a dangerous habit that can stain your teeth, develop gum disease, and make you a victim of oral cancer. We strongly recommend that you avoiding using tobacco products as much as possible, and if you need help doing so, feel free to ask your dentist for advice.

If you follow our instructions and use these tips, you will be on the right track toward a strong and successful oral health. As always, if you have any questions or concerns, please feel free to call our office and make an appointment at 910-763-1072. We are always happy to address any questions or concerns you have pertaining to your oral care.