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Do you wish to enhance your oral health care through healthy lifestyle choices? Have you ever thought about ways that you can protect your teeth besides daily brushing and flossing? The truth is that there are numerous oral health care practices you can incorporate into your day-to-day life to help improve your oral health. Caring for your smile when high-risk activities come up or even avoiding unhealthy lifestyle choices can play a significant role in the health of your teeth and gums.

One of the biggest risks that can damage your smile is the use of mouth jewelry. Mouth jewelry, including lip and tongue rings, can end up chipping and cracking your teeth, causing infections, lead to nerve damage or cause several other forms of dental damage.

For those who actively participate in contact sports or other extreme physical sports, blunt trauma to the face can destroy your smile in seconds. If you do decide to play any contact sports, make sure you wear the necessary safety equipment. Depending on the sport or activity, your safety equipment could include a mouthguard, helmet or face masks to guard your teeth, gums, jaw and head. The more you do to keep your smile safe, this better off your health can be.

If you haven’t started to do so already, use dental products that our dentist recommends. Products with the ADA Seal of Acceptance are proven to be safe and effective for use. It is important to look for safe dental products because several of the available teeth-cleaning tools are not regulated properly, which could end up causing damage to your smile. One of these unregulated products is over-the-counter teeth whitening. Some whitening products containt ingredients that may actually bleach your gums and cause dental damage if used improperly. For additional help, consult with our dentist before using any products.

Is your smile receiving the care it deserves? For additional help from our team at Monte Vista Dental, you can call our office at 209.669.6500 and set up an appointment with Dr. Param Gill and our team. Come visit our dental office in Turlock, California, today, and your smile will thank you!