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If you want a strong and healthy smile, then you need to take good care of your teeth and gums at all times. This means you need to keep your smile in mind while you’re at school. Unfortunately, there are bad school habits that can damage your smile and promote dental issues. Our dentist, Dr. Alex S. Abernathy, recommends avoiding those habits as much as possible. Those habits are:

-Chewing on your nails and other hard objects: We understand that chewing on your nails, pens and pencils is a nervous habit that can help you get through your tests and assignments, but it’s very dangerous for the smile. In fact, it applies unnatural pressure to the teeth and can crack the tooth enamel. It’s best to avoid chewing hard things.

-Not drinking enough water: Water can wash your mouth, so it’s best to sip on it throughout the day. When you drink water, it eliminates the bacteria from the smile and also helps you avoid bad breath, dental issues and dry mouth.

-Not chewing gum: Chewing gum can increase your saliva flow. Your saliva can wash the bacteria and other harmful substances from your teeth and gums. So, make sure to chew sugarless gum after every meal and snack to maintain a top-notch smile.

If you have any questions or if you would like to know more about bad smile habits in Jackson, Mississippi, please contact Lakeland Dental Care at your earliest convenience. Our dental team is here to help you, so call 601-981-8166 today! We look forward to hearing from you.