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If you want to avoid annoying or disappointing your dentist when you come into Hawkins Family Dentistry for your next appointment, there are some things you can do! Smile care is extremely important and it’s best to keep up on oral hygiene and attend your six month checkups. No matter what you do to care for your teeth and gums, please do not do the following things:

Use a hard-bristled toothbrush
Using a hard-bristled toothbrush can be extremely painful and it can also harm your smile more than it can help it. Brushing with this toothbrush can irritate your gums, making them pull away from your teeth, and can erode your tooth enamel at the gumline.

Refuse to floss daily
It is very important to floss at least once a day. If you don’t, food and plaque will stick between your teeth and will start to develop tooth decay and gum disease. Please remember to floss daily and to also floss properly so your smile has the best chance at survival.

Refuse to wear a mouthguard
If you are active, whether it’s by playing sports or participating in recreational activities, it’s best to protect your smile with a mouthguard. Mouthguards are great appliances that can protect your teeth when hard, forceful objects hit them. If you don’t wear a mouthguard, your teeth can break.

Share utensils
Did you know that other people’s saliva can cause tooth decay in your mouth? Well, it’s true, which is why we ask that you keep from sharing utensils and toothbrushes with other people.

Grind your teeth
If you are a teeth grinder, it’s best to do all you can to stop the habit. Teeth grinding can wear your teeth down and can even cause fractures in your smile. The hard part about this habit is that it usually attacks your smile at night. So, if you grind your teeth while you sleep, try wearing a mouthguard.

These five habits can harm your oral health more than you realize, which is why we ask that you stay away from them at all costs. Your dentist, Dr. Lori Hawkins, and our team care for you and your smile, and we want you to have the best dental experience possible. So, if you’re not quite sure how to care for your smile in Belpre, Ohio, call 740-423-8416 today and we will be more than happy to help you!