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With some careful prevention, your chompers can last much longer. And that doesn’t mean brushing and flossing your teeth, either. For best dental health, you need to be mindful of what hazards can impact your dental health and how you can avoid them. Here are some things you can be aware of to keep your chompers safe from injury:

Clenching or grinding teeth. Did you know that you could be clenching your teeth while you sleep? It’s a condition defined as bruxism, and if you’re waking up with sore chompers and/or a sore jaw, you could have it. Talk to us about night guards on your next visit, and we can help you figure out this problem that negatively impacts your sleep and your chompers.

Not pulling out bones from food. While eating away on tough foods is one thing, sorting out bones (and rocks) from food is another. If you clamp your teeth down into something thinking that it’s soft when it’s not, you’re much more likely to break a tooth. Take some minutes to filter through your food to make sure there are no tough surprises waiting within.

Chewing gum for too long. Can chewing gum for too long really damage your chompers? Actually, it can, and we’ve seen it happen enough times to recognize that it’s a real risk. As gum is chewed for long durations of time, it begins to lose its elasticity — you’ve probably noticed that gum chewed for sixty minutes is much tougher than a fresh stick. Don’t risk your oral health by continuing to chew on gum that you’ve chewed for an hour or more; spit it out and use a new piece if you need to continue chewing.

Prevention is the greatest medicine, but accidents do happen. If you’ve suffered an injury to your mouth or pearly whites, we’re here to help. Call our Fort Lauderdale, Florida, teeth office at 954-491-5748 now to schedule your next checkup with Dr. Alma Vallderuten and our staff.