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Accidents and injuries can occur at any time. Some substances and habits can gradually damage your teeth and gums over time. When it comes to your oral health, prevention is a great cure. The more you know about preventing problems, the better off you will be. Listed below are some potential oral health hazards.

When participating in contact sports or high-risk activities, you are putting your teeth and gums at a greater potential for serious damage, you should always wear any recommended safety gear, including mouth and face guards.
If you are not careful, biting into tough foods can damage your teeth. Similarly, do not chew on objects such as pen caps or pencils, as they can move your teeth out of position or result in an oral injury. Stay away from snacks that can are sticky or chewy, as they can linger in your mouth and increase your risk for enamel erosion.
Don’t engage in habits such as smoking, chewing tobacco, and using drugs. To prevent tooth discoloration, gum disease, and oral cancer, take steps to quit tobacco and drugs.

If you need help with a damaged smile. Lawrence Gerhart DDS is here for you. For a complete exam with our dentist, Dr. Lawrence Gerhart and the team at our office in Tucson, Arizona, you can schedule an appointment by calling us at 520-326-5442. Our staff looks forward to crafting you the smile of your dreams!