We hope today’s post will alert blog visitors to some harmful threats to oral health in Missoula. At Felton Dental Care – Dr. Brett R. Felton, DMD, too often do we treat cavities and damage caused by the following:
1. Sports Injuries
Many parents send their children out on the playing field with a mouth guard but fail to safeguard themselves when they participate in activities that put teeth at risk. Talk to us at Felton Dental Care – Dr. Brett R. Felton, DMD about custom sports mouth guards for every athlete in the family.
2. Ice Chomping
Many men and women enjoy chewing ice, especially that irresistible pebble ice you can get in some fountain drinks. You may not even be aware that you chew on the ice when you have finished your cup. Breaking this habit can guard your teeth against cracks, chips, and tooth sensitivity.
3. Oral Piercings
Are you someone who expresses your personality with piercings in and around the mouth? We strongly discourage this because, in addition to the risk of cracking or chipping, infection and permanent nerve damage can result from piercings.
4. Gummy or Sour Candy
Of course, all sugary treats are no friend to dental enamel, but gummy candy packs a double punch because it is both sugary and clings tightly to teeth. Sour candy triggers even more acid production than sugary candy alone. If your sweet tooth is extremely persuasive, chew sugarless gum.
5. Eating Disorders
These complex mental disorders have a myriad of mental and physical implications and, for most affected people, cannot be simply wished away with willpower. If you suffer from bulimia or anorexia, we hope you are receiving the appropriate specialized treatment. Be advised, however, that there are some things you can do to receive a measure of protection for your teeth while you work through the healing process. Dr. Felton can provide sensitive and discrete information on oral health in Missoula for those currently suffering or those who have overcome a disorder but have tooth damage as a result.
What If It’s Too Late?
If you have oral health issues due to one of these, or for any other reason, there are still ways to heal your smile. Virtually all tooth damage can be treated with advanced dentistry. We pride ourselves in providing answers to the dental problems caused by common smile wreckers. However, we are even happier when our patients are able to avoid them and just visit us twice a year for a checkup and cleaning. Felton Dental Care – Dr. Brett R. Felton, DMD is located at 1750 Brooks St, in Missoula, Montana. Call us at 406-728-0896 to schedule a consultation regarding top services such as teeth whitening and Invisalign braces.