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It’s important to keep your teeth and gums in tip-top shape, especially because having a strong and healthy smile can help you properly and confidently chew, smile, and eat. One way to keep your oral health in pristine condition is by avoiding bad habits that can harm your smile and threaten your teeth and gums. Those habits are:

Using a hard-bristled toothbrush: Even though hard-bristled toothbrushes seem more successful and effective at cleaning your teeth than soft-bristled toothbrushes, that is not true. Hard-bristled toothbrushes can actually harm your teeth and gums more than you might realize, which is why it’s best to avoid cleaning your smile with this tool.

Forgetting to floss daily: Flossing is vital for the prevention of tooth decay and gum disease. So, forgetting to floss can put your smile in grave danger. For the best oral health possible, make sure to floss at least once a day with a product of your choice.

Not wearing a mouthguard: Participating in high-contact sports and activities can be extremely threatening and damaging to your smile if you don’t wear a mouthguard, especially because hard, forceful objects tend to hit your mouth. When this happens, there is a chance your teeth could be injured or even knocked out. So, please wear a mouthguard while you are active.

Sharing utensils: Sharing utensils can harm your smile and oral health by promoting tooth decay. This is because the bacteria from other people’s mouths are extremely dangerous for your own smile. So, please don’t share spoons, forks, or toothbrushes with anyone—not even your family members.

If you avoid these habits, you’ll be on the right track toward having a strong and successful smile and oral health in Louisville, Kentucky. Call First Care Dental at 502-893-5677 and schedule an appointment with Dr. Ben Taylor if you would like tips, advice, and recommendations specific to your own smile and oral health. We are happy to help you in any way we can, and we look forward to your phone call!