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With some wary prevention, your chompers can last for years on end. And that doesn’t mean brushing your teeth, either. For greatest oral health, you need to be aware of what hazards can impact your oral health and how you can avoid them. Here are a few things you can be aware of to protect your teeth safe from injury:

Clenching or grinding teeth. Were you aware that you could be clenching your chompers while you sleep? It’s a condition defined as bruxism, and if you’re waking up with sore chompers and/or a sore jaw, you could have it. Speak with us about night guards on your next checkup, and we can help you solve this problem that negatively impacts your sleep and your pearly whites.
Not sorting out bones from food. While chomping away on tough foods is one thing, sorting out bones (and rocks) from food is another. If you bite down into something thinking that it’s soft when it’s not, you’re much more prone to break a tooth. Take some seconds to sort through your food to make sure there are no tough surprises waiting within.

Chewing gum for too long. Can chewing gum for too long really weaken your teeth? Actually, it’s possible, and we’ve seen it enough to recognize that it’s a real risk. As gum is chewed for long amounts of time, it begins to lose its pliability — you’ve likely noticed that gum chewed for an hour is much harder than a fresh stick. Don’t risk your oral health by continuing to chew on gum that you’ve chewed for an hour or more; spit it out and use a second piece if you need to continue chewing.

Prevention is the best medicine, but accidents do happen. If you’ve suffered an injury to your mouth or teeth, we’re here to help. Call our Humble, Texas, teeth office at 281-446-4700 now to pencil in your next checkup with Dr. David Umansky and our staff.