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Protecting your pearly whites from accidents is an imperative at Virginia Dental Group, and we know that you’re not always going to be in our office. That’s why we, along with Dr. Lida M. Vargas, have assembled a list of tooth hazards for your benefit. Read over this list and commit to guarding your pearly whites by averting any of these damaging habits:

-You should never play a contact sport without a mouthguard. Physical contact can do serious hurt to your teeth.
-Be watchful when chomping food while wearing mouth jewelry like lip rings or tongue piercings.
-Never open up things with your chompers; take the time to get the right tool for the job.
-Smoking tobacco can lead to gum disease, as well as lots of other disorders for your body.
-Eating tough candies such as lollipops can fracture your teeth, so opt for softer foods.
-Chewing on pen caps can weaken your chompers enamel; we’ve seen it many times.
-Grinding teeth during sleep, called bruxism, damages both your sleep and your teeth; talk to us about a night guard if you think you clench your teeth during the night.
-Blindly eating food without filtering through it for hard pieces such as bones can result in a split tooth.
-Spit out gum that you’ve chewed for sixty minutes or longer and replace it with a fresh piece if you want more.

We hope this list has been beneficial to you. By practicing awesome dental habits, you can help your chompers last longer and shine brighter. If you’d like to pencil in a visit with Dr. Lida M. Vargas in our Fairfax, Virginia, office, please call us at 703-385-3800 now.