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The key to your oral health is damage prevention. Although there are many treatments out there for a variety of oral health ailments, it’s best to deal with any problematic situations before they even begin. However, in some cases, damage to our teeth and gums is done very quickly, so you must protect your mouth from any harm that could come your way.

For instance, if you are involved with contact sports and any extreme events that put your teeth at risk, you should always take the necessary steps to protect your mouth by wearing safety equipment. This may include headgear, mouth guards, face masks, or other forms of safety gear.

You want to make sure that any bad habits you are doing are not putting your teeth at an increased risk. For example, smoking and chewing tobacco are known causes of oral cancer and gum disease. The sooner you quit these habits, the greater your chance to avoid these diseases. Products such as lip and tongue rings may also damage your teeth, cut your gums, or cause infections.

What you put into your mouth should also be monitored. Various foods such as corn kernels, hard candies, and ice can all easily chip or crack your teeth if we are not careful. Other habits including chewing on pen caps or biting your nails can also cause tooth damage. Also, avoid opening any products with your teeth as your teeth can easily become chipped, cracked, or even knocked loose.

If you notice any habits or foods that are putting you at risk, take the steps to protect yourself immediately. For additional help, Dr. Robert Marder and our team are here to give you the smile you desire. If you would like to schedule an appointment to come see us at our dentist office in New City, New York, please contact us at 212-265-8291 to speak with a member of our team. Don’t let bad oral bacteria control your life. It’s time to fight back and get the smile you deserve!