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Your smile is a prized possession, especially because it can help you eat, talk, chew, and even make a first impression. If you’re like many others, you would like to maintain your beautiful and healthy smile so all of these things are possible. Unfortunately, there are little things you do throughout the day that could harm your teeth and gums and make it harder to maintain your perfect smile. Dr. and our dental team are happy to help you by telling you which habits to avoid.

The first habit to avoid is chewing on ice. This habit is harmful because the cold temperature shocks the teeth and the pressure fractures and breaks the enamel. This creates microscopic fractures in the tooth and those fractures later lead to major cracks in the future.

The second habit to avoid is using your teeth as tools. This habit is harmful because the pressure can damage your chompers. The pressure traumatizes the teeth and breaks them. Using teeth as tools include using them to open things, like a bag of chips, a package, or a container. It can also include using them to rip off tags from clothing and other products.

The third habit to avoid is grinding your teeth. This habit occurs at night while you sleep, and it oftentimes results in worn-down and fragile teeth. To avoid grinding your teeth, it’s best to wear a mouthguard, avoid drinking coffee and use relaxation techniques.

If you avoid these smile-harming habits in Dallas, Texas, there is a good chance you can maintain the smile you know and love. Call Smiley Dental & Orthodontics at 214.613.1877 if you have any questions or if you would like to know more. Our dental team is here to assist you in any way you need!