The year seems to be flying by and with summer around the corner, oral health may be the last thing on your mind. If you’re oral hygiene has been on auto-pilot, it’s time to pay more attention to your dental care to avoid potential (costly) problems.
Here are some everyday habits to avoid that could be harming your teeth and gums:
- Allergy season lends itself to sneezing and coughs. Medicinal cough drops and syrup are just as sugar-laden as candy. Rinse your mouth well with water after using them.
- Don’t be in a hurry to rip into that package. Opening packages with your teeth, which can lead to a chipped or broken tooth. Use scissors or a knife.
- Protect that smile! Playing sports without a mouth guard, leaves your child’s (or your) teeth exposed to potential injuries.
- Chewing on hard objects such as pens, pencils, fingernails, hard candy, nuts or ice can cause your teeth to crack or chip.
- Mouth and lip piercings can damage your tongue, gums, or fillings. They can also harbor bacteria and lead to serious health problems like gum disease.
While avoiding these behaviors can help to minimize dental problems, regular dental exams are also critical for oral health care and early detection of dental issues. If it’s been more than six months since your last check-up, schedule an appointment now at Comprehensive Dental Care of Oxon Hill by calling (301) 567-9844. Dr. Peter Merai is accepting new patients and his dental office serves the communities of Oxon Hill, Temple Hill, Fort Washington, Clinton and Washington DC area.