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There are many bad habits that can destroy your smile if you let them. This is why Dr. Amanda Lewis and Dr. Greg Haarman encourage you to keep your smile in mind and do all you can to keep your teeth, gums, and jaws in tip-top shape. If you participate in any of the following bad habits, we strongly recommend that you break them as soon as possible:

Avoiding dental cleanings: Dental cleanings are vital for your oral health, especially because the treatment involved is the only technique that can completely remove plaque and bacteria from your smile, which helps prevent gum disease. If you miss your dental cleanings, gum disease and even tooth decay can raid and destroy your smile.

Having an inconsistent oral hygiene routine: Oral hygiene is extremely important. If you forget to brush twice a day, floss once a day, and rinse your mouth daily, there is a high chance you could suffer severe dental issues that can harm your oral health. So, remember to properly clean your smile each day.

Refusing to wear a mouthguard: If you participate in contact sports without wearing a mouthguard, there is a high chance a hard and forceful object, like a ball, foot, elbow, or knee, can hit your mouth and injure or knock out a tooth. This should be avoided at all costs by wearing a mouthguard.

Using your teeth as tools: Using your teeth as tools can harm your smile by cracking, fracturing, or breaking your teeth. So, it’s best to avoid using your teeth to pry open a box, pull off a tag, tear open a package, and other things that require using your teeth as tools.

Call Central Illinois Smiles today at 217.877.1742 if you have any questions or if you would like to learn more about how to break bad habits and maintain a strong and healthy smile in Decatur, Illinois. Our dental team is here to help you in any way we can, and we look forward to hearing from you!