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Dr. Todd Larsen and our dental team care about you and your smile, which is why we encourage you to take good care of your teeth and gums on a regular basis. Even though this might seem easy, there are things that can completely destroy your smile and oral health, so it’s best to avoid doing them as much as possible. Those bad habits are:

Avoiding dental cleanings: Dental cleanings are vital for your oral health, especially because the treatment involved is the only technique that can completely remove plaque and bacteria from your smile, which helps prevent gum disease. If you miss your dental cleanings, gum disease and even tooth decay can raid and destroy your smile.

Having an inconsistent oral hygiene routine: Oral hygiene is extremely important. If you forget to brush twice a day, floss once a day, and rinse your mouth daily, there is a high chance you could suffer severe dental issues that can harm your oral health. So, remember to properly clean your smile each day.

Refusing to wear a mouthguard: If you play contact sports without the protection of a mouthguard, there is a chance a ball, knee, elbow or other hard object can hit your mouth and fracture, break, or knock out a tooth. It’s best to protect your mouth from this accident by wearing a mouthguard.

Using your teeth as tools: Whether you believe it or not, using your teeth to open a package, pull off a tag, or tear open a box can harm your teeth more than you know. In fact, using your teeth as tools can cause fractures and chips in your smile. It’s best to use other tools to perform your daily tasks.

If you would like to learn more about the things that can harm your smile in Midvale, Utah, please call Fort Union Family Dental today at 801-562-2147. We also encourage you to schedule an appointment with your dentist if you’re due for a dental checkup. We’re happy to help you!