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If you are one who wishes to attend your dental checkups with zero problems in your smile, our Modern Dentistry of New England team has some tips for you! It’s definitely possible to maintain a strong and successful oral health—you just need to do what needs to be done. So, to avoid annoying or disappointing your dentist when you attend your appointments, we ask that you refrain from doing the following things:

Using a hard-bristled toothbrush
One of the worst things you can do for your smile is use a hard-bristled toothbrush. This is because the hard bristles tend to wear down the tooth enamel and irritate the gums. In fact, they can irritate the gums so much that the gums begin to move away from the teeth. So, the best thing to do is use a soft-bristled toothbrush. This brush can safely and effectively clean your smile all while caring for your gums.

Not flossing daily
As taught in early childhood, flossing is extremely important. If you floss once a day, the plaque and food particles will be removed from your chompers, which will help prevent tooth decay and gum disease. So, please do not skip a day of flossing. Doing so can harm your oral health more than you know.

Not wearing a mouthguard
It’s strongly recommended to protect your smile with a mouthguard while you are active. If you wear this appliance during sporting or recreational activities, the chances of you injuring your smile are greatly reduced. So, if you don’t want a broken smile, please wear a mouthguard.

Sharing utensils
Whether you believe it or not, sharing utensils and toothbrushes with people can increase your chances of developing tooth decay in your own smile. So, it’s best to avoid sharing these tools with your family members and friends.

Grinding teeth
If you are a teeth grinder, it’s best to do all you can to stop the habit. Teeth grinding can wear your teeth down and can even cause fractures in your smile. The hard part about this habit is that it usually attacks your smile at night. So, if you grind your teeth while you sleep, try wearing a mouthguard.

Call 860-582-4485 today if you have any questions or if you would like to learn more about smile care in Bristol, Connecticut! The more you know about the proper ways to take care of your chompers, the better off your oral health and smile will be. So, please do not hesitate to call our office if you are interested in learning more or if you have any questions. We also encourage you to schedule an appointment with Dr. Sherif Gabr if you’re due for a dental cleaning. We look forward to working with you!