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Our dentist, Dr. John Wiltz, wants you to have the strongest and healthiest smile possible. This is why he strongly encourages you to care for your teeth and gums each day by keeping up on oral hygiene, visiting our office regularly, and staying away from habits that can harm your smile. To help you avoid those bad habits, our dentist is happy to list those habits here:

-Using your teeth as tools, like to open a package or pull off a tag (The pressure applied to the teeth during this habit can crack the enamel of the teeth)

-Using tobacco products (Smoking and chewing tobacco can harm your teeth, gums, mouth, and entire body)

-Not protecting your smile with a mouthguard when you’re active, like when you play high-contact sports (A mouthguard can help you prevent oral injury when you suffer a blow to the face)

-Biting your nails (This habit can alter the alignment of your teeth and even cause enamel fractures)

-Using toothbrushes, toothpaste, and mouthwash that have not been approved by the American Dental Association (The ADA has approved products that are safe and effective in an oral hygiene routine)

-Covering your toothbrush bristles with a cover before they have a chance to dry (This habit creates a moist environment where bacteria can live and multiply)

To learn more about bad habits for the smile in Davison, Michigan, please contact Irish Road Dental today at 810.653.4100. Our dental team is here to help you in any way we can, even if it’s just by answering your questions. We look forward to hearing from you!