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Building a better smile includes always taking the necessary steps to eliminate or avoid risks that can easily damage your teeth and gums. Even though oral accidents or injuries are often caused by blunt trauma, it is possible that your dietary choices and the improper use of your teeth could be increasing your risk for dental damage. We want you to be aware of the following tooth hazards so you can know what you can do to protect your smile:

– Limit the amount of sugars and starches that you eat. These foods are known risk factors for your oral health because plaque can convert these substances into harmful acids that will eat through your tooth enamel. Weakened tooth enamel can eventually cause dental erosion and cavities.

– Avoid gummy and sticky foods as much as possible, as they can linger in your mouth long after eating them, which can increase the rate at which tooth decay occurs.

– Do not snack too often during the day. Doing so can increase the rate at which tooth decay occurs because food and debris will have a longer time to sit on your teeth and gums.

– Never try to open any products with your teeth! Your teeth are not designed for tasks such as opening bottle caps or plastic packaging. Doing so can easily cause dental damage.

Visit Nelson and Associates Frisco today for help on protecting your smile from tooth hazards. We welcome you to schedule your appointment with Dr. H Arthur Nelson and our team by calling us at 972-712-9919. Our dentist in Frisco, Texas, is here to help keep your smile healthy for life.