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The best thing you can do for your smile is take great care of it, which is why our Davidson Cosmetic & Family Dentistry team strongly encourages you to keep your teeth and gums in tip-top shape. In order to do so, you will need to keep up on oral hygiene, visit your dentist regularly, and have a healthy and balanced diet. In addition, you will also need to avoid participating in tooth-harming habits in Davidson, North Carolina, like:

Chewing on ice: This habit is extremely destructive. Chewing on ice can cause small, microscopic fractures in your tooth enamel because of the brittleness and cold temperature they contain. If you chew on ice cubes, the small fractures can lead to major breaks and cracks in the future.

Using your teeth as tools: This habit can cause major damage to your teeth. Using your teeth as tools can traumatize your teeth and cause chips and breaks. It’s best to avoid this habit as much as possible.

Grinding your teeth: This habit can severely wear your teeth down, so it’s best to protect your teeth and wear a mouthguard when you are likely to grind your teeth the most. There are other things you can try to quit the habit, like take relaxation classes, avoid drinking caffeine, or train your muscles to relax.

If you avoid these tooth-harming habits, you will have the best chance at achieving your smile and oral health goals. To learn more, please feel free to call our office at 704.987.2277 and talk to a member of our friendly dental team. We also encourage you to schedule an appointment with Dr. Michael B. Wilhite if you have concerns about your oral health or if you would like to schedule a dental checkup. We are happy to help you!