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A new year has come to us once more, providing a great opportunity to fix any oral health care habits you may have developed last year and return your smile to its shining glory once again. It’s never too late to fix any issues you may have, and start making plans to put your oral health on the path of success.

Don’t let your mouth fall into disrepair. Here are some common unhealthy habits that can damage your teeth:

-Chewing on pencils, nails, pen caps, or similar non-edible products can damage teeth and gums.
-Playing contact sports or high-risk activities without proper mouth guards can increase your risk for oral accidents.
-Lip and tongue piercings can chip or crack teeth, introduce harmful bacteria to your mouth, or even increase your risk for infection to your gums.
-If you grind your teeth in your sleep or while you are stressed, you can wear your teeth down over time.
-Avoid hard food products that can chip or crack teeth, such as corn on the cob, candy apples, hard candy, or ice.
-It is wise to avoid products packed with sugar. These includes sodas, sports drinks, fruit juices, or candies. The bacteria in your mouth converts the sugar into harmful acids which can eat away at tooth enamel.
-Do not open anything with your teeth. Even bottle caps can crack or chip teeth.
-Snacking constantly can put your teeth at a greater risk for tooth decay or gum disease. Try to avoid snacks in between meals.
-Smoking or chewing tobacco increases risk for gum disease and oral cancer.

To learn more about what you can do to protect your teeth and gums, please contact our staff by calling our office at 843-884-1215. We are conveniently located in Mount Pleasant, SC, and want to help make your smile the best it can be. To schedule an appointment or oral exam with Dr. Haefner, please call us today.