When you’re caring for your smile, you may think that giving it as much energy and pressure as you can is probably the best way to go. You may also think that working your mouth (like working your body out) is a good idea because you’re building strength. Unfortunately, when it comes to most “hard” stuff, you’re going to realize soon that this may not work the way you expect for your smile health. Let’s run through some “hard” things that you should actually avoid and you’ll start to see what our East Dallas, TX team means (and you’ll have an easier time keeping teeth and gums healthy).

Hard Foods

You can more easily avoid problems like cracks and broken teeth (and a subsequent need for restorative care) when you’re careful about hard foods. It might not seem like that big of a deal but you can find out the hard way if you simply plunge into eating a way-too-hard piece of biscotti or something similar. Why not take our advice, avoid damage and problems, save money, and more, all by simply being careful to eat foods you are sure you can break down?

Hard Brushing

When you brush with some very hard force, you put your smile in harm’s way. We will be able to tell that you’ve been overdoing it during your checkups with us because over time, you will start to cause enamel erosion. Leave your dental tissue in its full form and health by choosing soft, gentle brushing instead of the hard approach.

Hard Flossing

Did you know that hard brushing can harm your gum tissue, too? Guess what else can? You got it: Hard flossing. Be very gentle. When you’re gentle, you’re not accidentally hurting your smile health, which is always a good thing!

Hard Choices

When you realize you can’t really decide if you should do something or not, then the answer is that you probably shouldn’t. Or, you should check with our practice first. For example, maybe you’re faced with the tough decision regarding whether you should try over-the-counter whitening or not. Ask us first (because the answer is no but we can whiten your smile safely for you). If it seems like a bad idea for your smile health, it probably is a bad idea.

See Us For Help Protecting Your Smile

Don’t give into temptation with things that can damage your smile. Instead, take the easy route by living by our smile health guidelines! To schedule an appointment with Dr. Kalyan Nadella or Dr. Benjamin Walder, call Columbia Dental & Orthodontics in East Dallas, TX today at (214) 827-8000. We also gladly serve patients in Mesquite, Oak Cliff, Garland, and all surrounding communities.