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Having a Happy Mouth During Summer

It is always important to keep your teeth and mouth in the best condition possible. Also remember to come in for regular check-ups so we can inspect your mouth, teeth, gums, and even tongue for you. Remember to brush and floss your teeth regularly. You can also contact us and we can advise you on the proper care of your teeth and mouth. There are also some tips you can follow so you can avoid issues with your teeth.

Don’t use your Teeth to Crack Nuts

Although protein found in nuts helps keep muscles and bones strong, you should not test the strength of your teeth by shelling nuts with them. The hard surface of most nutshells can cause serious tooth and gum damage, and may even crack teeth. It is best to shell nuts before snacking on them.

Avoid Chewy Candy and Treats

Sticky substances cling to tooth enamel and encourage tooth decay, and thick candies like caramel and taffy can even yank out fillings. Eat these sweets sparingly and along with other foods to help keep the treats from sticking to your teeth.

Use proper Tools to open Packages and Bottles.

Gripping a package or stubborn bottle cap with your teeth can crack them, possibly requiring a root canal procedure and a crown for repair. Reach for scissors or a bottle opener instead.

Avoid Chewing on hard Candy or ice cubes.

Crunching on ice or hard candy can lead to cracked or chipped teeth, which are painful and can be expensive to treat. Ice can cause discomfort for sensitive teeth, and hard candies promote tooth decay.

Don’t Bite Your Nails

Anxious nibbling is bad for both fingernails and teeth. There is a link from biting nails to teeth grinding, clenching, jaw problems, facial pain and sensitive teeth. If you get the urge to chew, distract yourself for a minute or two and see if the feeling goes away. If that doesn’t work, consider buying bitter-tasting polish that’s designed to dissuade you from putting your nails anywhere near your mouth.

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