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If your child has grown into their permanent teeth, then it’s important to do all you can to keep them in tip-top shape. This is recommended because the permanent teeth should last a lifetime. Unfortunately, there are many things/habits that can harm your child’s teeth and put their smile in danger. Our Crosby Dental Center dental team would like to inform you about those things and help you know what to do to avoid them.

The first thing is chewing on things that aren’t food, like ice, pens, and pencils. This is damaging to the smile because it applies unnatural pressure to the teeth and cracks the enamel. Often times it barely cracks the enamel, but throughout time, additional pressure makes the crack larger and ultimately breaks the tooth. It’s best to encourage your child to chew sugar-free gum instead of chew on foreign objects.

The second thing is constantly snacking. Snacking throughout the day can be hard on your child’s chompers because it makes the teeth constantly exposed to harmful particles, like bacteria, sugar, and acid. Eventually, your child’s tooth enamel will become worn down and will give into these particles. This often results in tooth decay and other dental issues. It’s best to encourage your child to limit snacking throughout the day.

The third thing is refusing to wear a mouth guard. Mouthguards can protect the teeth and gums when hard, forceful objects hit them. So, if your child participates in high-contact sports or activities, please remind them to wear a guard. If they don’t, their teeth and gums are susceptible to injury.

For more information on how to help your child avoid tooth-harming habits in Houston, Texas, please call our office at 281-328-3569 when you can. Your dentist, Dr. Jim Nored & Annette Gemp, and our dental team are here to help you in any way we can, and we look forward to hearing from you!