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Did you know that there are habits that can destroy your smile and harm your oral health? Well, it’s true. This is why our Meadowdale Dental Clinic dental team encourages you to keep your smile in mind and take care of your teeth, gums, and jaws as much as possible. Some bad habits that can harm your smile and alter your oral health include:

Refusing to wear a mouthguard: If you play contact sports without the protection of a mouthguard, there is a chance a ball, knee, elbow–or other hard object–can hit your mouth and fracture, break, or knock out a tooth. It’s best to protect your mouth from this accident by wearing a mouthguard.

Using your teeth as tools: Whether you believe it or not, using your teeth to open a package, pull off a tag, or tear open a box can harm your teeth more than you know. In fact, using your teeth as tools can cause fractures and chips in your smile. It’s best to use other tools to perform your daily tasks.

Avoiding dental cleanings: Dental cleanings are vital if you want a strong and healthy smile. They are vital because they include the only treatment that can completely remove plaque from the surfaces on and between your teeth. This helps reverse and prevent gum disease. Gum disease is a serious and destructive dental issue that can result in loose and lost teeth if it’s not prevented and treated. This is why it’s best to keep up on your dental cleanings and exams by visiting your dentist every six months.

Having an inconsistent oral hygiene routine: Oral hygiene is also extremely important for your oral health. If you forget to brush, floss, or rinse, there is a chance plaque and bacteria can raid your smile and attack your teeth and gums, causing tooth decay, gum disease, tooth sensitivity, and other dental issues. This is why it’s important to brush twice a day, floss once a day, and rinse daily.

If you participate in these bad habits, it’s important to break them as soon as possible. If you do, you’ll be on the right track toward the strong and successful smile and oral health you deserve. For more information, tips, and details about how to have a healthy smile in Lynnwood, Washington, please call our office at (425) 361-0842 and talk to Dr. Lois Lee or a member of our dental team. We are happy to help you!