Smile Tip: Careful With The Crunches!

 

We have great news today! You can stop the crunching!

We’re not talking about the traditional crunches you do at the gym trying to keep your core in tip top shape. We’re talking about the things you like to crunch on that can threaten the shape of your smile.

Okay, okay…we used a little trickery with our blog’s title to get your attention. We’re sorry….but did it work? Well, now that you’re here, we want to talk to you about some of the ways you might be damaging your teeth without realizing it.

With spring fast approaching, we know that wedding season will soon kick into high gear. This means you might find yourself trapped in a den full of tempting little offerings that can do a number on your teeth. We’re sharing a few of these with you today so you’ll better be able to avoid them this season and all year long.

Temptation #1: Cubed Ice

Crunching on ice and other hard foods can cause chipped teeth, damage to your enamel, and it can also lead to a dental emergency like a broken tooth. If you’re compelled to crunch, opt for things that satisfy your cravings and improve your health at the same time.

Walk over to the buffet table and find the fruit and veggie tray, where you’re likely to find things like carrots, celery, broccoli, apples, and pears. These will not only make it easier to avoid chewing on ice, but it will boost saliva production that helps to wash away bacteria.

If you can’t avoid ice altogether, choose crushed instead of cubed.

Temptation #2:  Seeds

Warmer weather of springtime brings with it some common culprits that can threaten your smile. Family cookouts, weddings, and neighborhood barbeques typically come fully equipped with seeds of all kinds.

Depending on the types of seeds, you risk getting them stuck in those hard to reach places in your mouth or wedged between your teeth and gums. With larger seeds, such as the kind you find in watermelons, you can unwittingly bite down on one and break a tooth, which would really put a damper on the day’s festivities!

If you can, choose hamburger and hot dog buns without sesame or poppy seeds. You can also consider going seedless for your fruit salad using chunks of banana, pineapple, and tangerines.  If adding fruit to your green salad, opt for apple chunks instead of strawberries or kiwi.

Temptation #3: Toothpicks

It’s best to have some sort of tool on hand to get food unstuck from your teeth, but traditional toothpicks aren’t our top pick (pun intended!).

Toothpicks are sharp and pointy, so if you’re not careful, you could accidentally puncture your gums, leaving yourself vulnerable to infection. Instead, stash a few dental flossers in your car or your purse. Remember to keep them in a closed container and discard after each use. This is not only a safer option, but it will actually do a better job of cleaning between your teeth.

Too Little, Too Late?

If you’re just now learning about the ways ice, seeds, and traditional toothpicks can potentially cause problems for your teeth and gums, that doesn’t mean it’s too late to correct damage already done.

At Ascension Premier Dental, we offer a number of cosmetic and restorative options to correct imperfections caused by years of chewing on ice and hard foods, for example. You might choose from a wide range of options to repair damaged teeth, such as:

-Tooth Bonding

-Dental Crowns

-Veneers

We offer many more options, and the one you choose will depend on the extent of the damage to your teeth.

The only way to know which procedure would be best suited for you is to schedule a consultation with our highly skilled dentist, Dr. Bessonet. After giving you a thorough examination, he will sit down with you to talk about the best method to restore and protect your smile.

If you’d like to meet with Dr. Bessonet to discuss the corrective procedure that’s right for you, give us a call today at 225-963-5548 or fill out our online form. We’ll do all we can to give you the beautiful smile you deserve, no crunches necessary!