October 22, 2020
Dental emergencies are often associated with sports-related injuries or traumatic occurrences, like a car accident. However, it is important to remember that your teeth can crack, chip, or fracture from everyday activities as well. In fact, that is often the culprit! So, to help keep your oral health in pristine condition, don’t do these things.
#1. Food Mishaps
Whether your teeth come down hard on an unpopped popcorn kernel, a small rock in a fresh bag of lentils, or your fork at the wrong angle, an otherwise pleasant dining experience can result in a chipped, cracked, or fractured tooth. Therefore, it is always a good idea to do your due diligence to avoid trouble. For example, don’t blindly toss back a handful of popcorn or go on autopilot when using your utensils. Plus, practicing precaution with ice, hard candies, and other crunchy foods can go a long way in protecting your pearly whites!
#2. Indulging in Teeth-Staining Foods and Drinks
If your once white teeth are starting to look discolored, then your diet may be to blame. While many patients know to limit items like soda and wine, those are by no means the only culprits of stained teeth. To preserve your bright smile, avoid other pigmented products, like tomato sauce, berries, and wine. On the occasions you do indulge, make sure to sip on plenty of water and complete your oral care regimen as soon as possible.
#3. Accidental Falls
If you are always aware of your surroundings, then accidental falls may not be a part of your everyday life. However, if you bump into parked cars, trip on everything in your path, and are a self-proclaimed klutz, then you may find yourself in the dental chair at some point to restore your smile. Fortunately, you can help protect your teeth by always watching your step!
#4. Poor Dental Habits
Perhaps the biggest offenders of damaged smiles are poor dental practices that sneak their way into your daily routine. A few examples include using tobacco products, chewing on ice, and opening things with your mouth. Fortunately, you can stop these habits from wreaking havoc on your smile by avoiding them altogether.
To prevent your morning routine from turning into an afternoon at the dentist, do your best to remember these everyday acts that hurt your teeth. If you do sustain a dental-related injury, make sure to contact your dental team right away for treatment!
About the Author
After attending Nicholls State University, Dr. C.J. Landry completed his Doctor of Dental Surgery degree at LSU School of Dentistry in New Orleans. Nearly four decades later, he has helped patients of all ages in his community achieve pristine oral health. If you are overdue for your biannual appointment or one of the above activities have damaged your teeth, visit his website or give him a call at 504-348-0080.
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