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A healthy and beautiful smile is one of your most important features. While the average dental patient does a pretty good oral care routine, many also develop habits that can damage their teeth. Here in Hampton, VA, and Hampton Roads, VA, our dental team encourage you to quit or avoid these three habits to lower your smile’s risk of coming to harm:

  1. Chomping on ice. Chewing ice from a cup is a common practice, especially for people trying to curb food cravings, but the strong and rigid structure of ice requires a lot of pressure in your bite force, and this can result in damage to your gums or cracks and chips in your teeth. The cold temperature can also cause tooth sensitivity. Chewing sugarless gum is more beneficial.
  2. Opening packaging using your teeth. Tearing open packaging and envelopes with your teeth is convenient, but can result in damages such as chipped and cracked teeth that are not designed for this. Injured teeth then need to be treated before they develop painful abscesses. The next time you need to open something, use scissors instead.
  3. Sucking on cough drops. Unfortunately, there is often as much sugar in cough drops as there is in hard candy, and the sugar can mingle with the bacteria in your smile and turn into an acid that weakens tooth enamel and leads to tooth decay. If you need to treat a cough with a cough drop, prevent a cavity by thoroughly brushing your teeth after the cough drop is gone.

Our team at Morrison Dental Group can help you and your family develop good oral care habits in Hampton, VA, and Hampton Roads, VA, when you call 757-637-6763 and schedule an appointment with our dentist.