Avoid These 5 Smile Wreckers

Categories: General Dentistry

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We hope today’s post will alert blog visitors to some harmful oral health threats. At Marcos Ortega DDS, too often, we treat cavities and damage caused by the following:

1. Sports Injuries

Many parents send their youth out on the playing field with a mouthguard but fail to safeguard themselves when they participate in activities that put teeth at risk. Talk to us at Marcos Ortega DDS about custom sports mouthguards for every athlete in the family.

2. Ice Chomping

Many men and women like chewing ice, especially that irresistible pebble ice you can get in some fountain drinks. You may not even be aware that you chew on the ice when you have finished your cup. Breaking this habit can protect your teeth from cracks, chips, and tooth sensitivity.

3. Oral Piercings

Are you someone who expresses your personality with piercings in and around the mouth? We strongly discourage this. In addition to the risk of cracking or chipping, infection and permanent nerve damage can occur.

4. Gummy or Sour Candy

Of course all sugary treats are no friend to your enamel, but gummy candy packs a double punch because it is both sugary and clings tightly to teeth. Sour candy triggers even more acid production than sugary candy alone. If your sweet tooth is extremely persuasive, chew sugarless gum.

5. Eating Disorders

These complex mental disorders have a host of mental and physical ramifications and, for most affected people, cannot be simply wished away with willpower. If you suffer from bulimia or anorexia, we hope you are receiving the appropriate specialized care. Be advised, however, that there are some things you can do to receive a measure of protection for your teeth while you work through the healing process. Dr. Ortega can provide sensitive, discrete oral health advice for those currently suffering or those who have overcome a disorder but have tooth damage as a result.

What If It’s Too Late?

If you have oral health troubles due to one of these, or for any other reason, there are still ways to heal your smile. Virtually all tooth damage can be treated with advanced dentistry. We pride ourselves on providing solutions to the dental issues caused by common smile wreckers. However, we are even happier when our patients are able to avoid them and just visit us twice a year for a checkup and cleaning. Marcos Ortega DDS is located at 306 Walnut Ave Ste 25, in San Diego, California. Call us at 619-295-4545 to schedule a consultation.

 

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306 Walnut Ave Ste 25
San Diego, California
92103