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Are you aware of the risk factors for dental damage that can arise from your day to day life? Because we often take the time to focus exclusively on oral hygiene routines such as brushing and flossing, it may be possible to forget about other forms of dental damage. Even when your teeth are growing in, you can be an increased risk of dental failure. In the case of wisdom teeth, which are the last of your adult teeth to erupt, they might not always grow in correctly. In some instances, they can alter a person’s smile because they failed to fully grow in or place additional pressure on nearby and neighboring teeth. Furthermore, wisdom teeth eruption can lead to infections, crossbites, and tooth decay.

Protecting your smile includes being aware of any risk factors that can lead to oral accidents or injuries. Due to the fact that a single wrong blow to your face can destroy your smile in seconds, it is important to always take the necessary protection plans and implement them whenever possible. If you are involved in high-risk activities such as playing contact sports, you will need to make sure that you’re wearing the necessary safety equipment. This can include face masks, mouth guards, helmets, or any other forms of safety gear that can be used to help effectively protect your teeth, gums and jaw.

Similar to sports, oral piercings can cause dental damage. Although accidents can occur anytime, you do have a choice when it comes to piercings. Despite the fact that lip and tongue rings are trendy, it is important to understand that you are putting your oral health at risk. This can be due to a tongue ring causing nerve damage or burst blood vessels if placed incorrectly. A tongue ring can chip teeth or cause gaps in your smile as it slowly forces your teeth apart. If a piece breaks off, it can become a choking hazard. Other common risk factors associated with mouth jewelry include infectious diseases, oral inflammation, and gum tissue laceration.

For more information concerning risk factors for dental damage, or to schedule an appointment with Dr. Robert Berkowitz and the rest of our team, please contact us at our dentist office in Anderson, South Carolina, by calling 864-642-4630. Trinity Dental Center is looking forward to seeing you soon!