We hope today’s post will alert blog visitors to some harmful oral health threats. At Gordon West DDS – Aesthetic & General Dentistry, too often, we treat dental caries and damage caused by the following:
1. Sports Injuries
Many parents send their children out on the playing field with a mouthguard but fail to protect themselves when they participate in activities that put teeth at risk. Talk to us at Gordon West DDS – Aesthetic & General Dentistry about custom sports mouthguards for every athlete in the family.
2. Ice Chomping
Lots of us enjoy chewing ice, especially that irresistible pebble ice you can get in some fountain drinks. You may not even be aware that you chew on the ice when you have finished your drink. Breaking this habit can guard your teeth from cracks, chips, and tooth sensitivity.
3. Oral Piercings
Are you someone who expresses your personality with piercings in and around the mouth? We strongly discourage this. In addition to the risk of cracking or chipping, infection and permanent nerve damage can result.
4. Gummy or Sour Candy
Of course all sugary treats are no friend to your enamel, but gummy candy packs a double punch because it is both sugary and clings securely to teeth. Sour candy triggers even more acid production than sugary candy alone. If your sweet tooth is extremely persuasive, chew sugarless gum.
5. Eating Disorders
These complex mental disorders have a host of mental and physical considerations and, for most affected people, cannot be simply wished away with willpower. If you suffer from bulimia or anorexia, we hope you are receiving the appropriate specialized treatment. Fortunately, there are some things you can do to receive a measure of protection for your teeth while you work through the healing process. Dr. West can provide sensitive, discrete oral health guidance for those currently suffering or those who have overcome a disorder but have tooth damage as a result.
What If It’s Too Late?
If you have oral health troubles due to one of these, or for any other reason, there are still ways to heal your smile. Virtually all tooth damage can be treated with advanced dentistry. We pride ourselves on providing solutions to the dental troubles caused by common smile wreckers. However, we are even happier when our patients are able to avoid them and just visit us twice a year for a checkup and cleaning. Gordon West DDS – Aesthetic & General Dentistry is located at 1140 W South Boulder Rd Ste 201, in Lafayette, Colorado. Call us at 303-665-5335 to schedule a consultation.