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When assessing your oral health, it is always a good idea to look at aspects of your life that could be putting your smile at risk. Beyond keeping your teeth and gums clean from risks within your mouth. You also need to look at outside sources that could be cause any dental damage. If you routinely put in your smile at risk, eventually you could end up suffering some form of injury. Rather than waiting for the injury to occur and going from there, you might want to establish dental damage prevention.

Here are some tips on what to do with common dental damage risks:

– Mouth Jewelry: Although they can be aesthetically pleasing and potentially viable for boosting an individual’s self-esteem and self-image, they can have dangerous consequences to your oral health. Oral jewelry can lead to several dental health issues including nerve damage, cracked teeth, infection and oral inflammation. Mouth jewelry has even been known to break off and cause choking hazards.

– Sports: Sports are known for being extreme risk factors for dental damage because of the prevalence of oral accidents or injuries that can arise. Sports are the cause of several oral health ailments including broken jaws, lost teeth, and several other forms of dental damage. To help protect your smile while participating in contact sports, always make sure to wear the necessary safety equipment. This can include a mouth guard, a helmet or other oral appliance designed to provide an additional layer of protection.

– Bad Habits: Be aware that various unhealthy habits can have devastating effects on your oral health. This includes using drugs or smoking and chewing tobacco. Beyond immediate effects such as bad breath or stained teeth, several unhealthy activities can lead to cancer and tooth loss.

It’s never too late for additional help with your smile. Olympia Dental Group can help enhance your smile. Pick up your phone and dial 360-943-4777 to schedule a meeting with Dr. Thinh Ho and our team at our office in Lacey, Washington.