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Oftentimes, patients are nervous to visit their dentist because they are afraid of disappointing the dental team. If you are one of these people, our Cory Williams, DDS team has some tips for you. As long as you refrain from doing the following things, you will be on the right track and Dr. Cory Williams will remain proud:

Using a hard-bristled toothbrush
Many people believe hard-bristled toothbrushes are more effective than soft-bristled toothbrushes, but that is simply not true. Hard-bristled toothbrushes tend to wear down the tooth enamel and irritate the gums, making them move away from the teeth and exposing the roots. The hard-bristled toothbrush may also cause some oral pain. So, please use a soft-bristled toothbrush.

Not flossing daily
Flossing is one of the most beneficial tasks you can do for your smile. It is beneficial because it removes the plaque and food particles from the crevices of your teeth. If you keep from flossing each day, those particles will build up between your teeth and cause major issues.

Not wearing a mouthguard
If you are active, whether it’s by playing sports or participating in recreational activities, it’s best to protect your smile with a mouthguard. Mouthguards are great appliances that can protect your teeth when hard, forceful objects hit them. If you don’t wear a mouthguard, your teeth can break.

Sharing utensils
It’s strongly recommended to refrain from sharing your utensils and toothbrush with others. If you share these things, you can transfer harmful bacteria and germs that often cause tooth decay.

Grinding teeth
Teeth grinding is a habit that can wear down and fracture your teeth. This habit generally develops at night while you sleep or during the day when you are stressed. If you tend to grind your teeth, consider wearing a mouthguard at night and trying relaxation techniques during the day.

If you would like additional tips on smile care or dental care in Wilmington, North Carolina, our team is more than happy to help you! The more you know about your teeth and gums, the better off you will be. So, call 910-763-1072 today if you’re interested in knowing more or if you have any questions!