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As you spend the majority of your day in the office, there are habits you likely participate in to make the day go by faster. Some habits aren’t as noticeable as others, but most of them can be harmful to your smile. So, if you want to maintain a strong and successful oral health, our Crosby Dental Center team asks that you refrain from doing the following things throughout the day:

Use your teeth as tools
Don’t use your teeth to cut objects apart, like paper, tape, or packaging. Doing so can chip away your tooth enamel and increase the risks of breaking your teeth. Instead, use scissors or other handy tools.

Chew on pens and pencils
If you chew on your pens and pencils, you’ll wear down the edges of your teeth and possibly cause tooth fractures and toothaches. Instead, chew on celery and carrot sticks throughout the day. This should help satisfy your chewing habit.

Sip on your cup of Joe all day
If you constantly sip on your cup of Joe, you can suffer from dry mouth and bad breath. It can also lead to cavities and tooth discoloration. So, the best thing to do is avoid drinking the sugary drinks that can stain and harm your chompers. If you absolutely have to have your fix of coffee, try to skip the sugar and drink a glass of water after you finish your beverage.

Take a smoke break
As you may already know, smoking can cause oral cancer, lung cancer, tooth loss, and gum disease, so it’s best to avoid this habit altogether—even if it’s with e-cigarettes. If you need help kicking the habit, please feel free to talk to your dentist for tips.

Leave your toothbrush at home
It’s best to clean your smile after lunch and snacking. Plaque tends to cling to your teeth immediately, and if you wait till you get home to brush, it will be harder to remove the plaque. So, keep a toothbrush and toothpaste with you in the office and brush whenever you get the opportunity.

If you keep from participating in these habits each day, your smile will stay in tip-top shape and you will have nothing to worry about! If you need help kicking these habits, Dr. Jim Nored & Annette Gemp and our dental team encourage you to call 281-328-3569 and schedule an appointment. We will be happy to help you!