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When the time comes to improve your oral health, you should start to think about what options you have in addition to brushing and flossing. Over time, oral accidents and injuries, or tooth hazards, so it is important to analyze your lifestyle choices and determine what you can do to keep your smile safe. Some of these changes may include:

– Wearing the necessary safety gear while participating in any physical activities or sports that could pose risks to your teeth and gums. Your safety gear could include a mouth guard or helmet.
– Avoiding tongue piercings and lip rings. Not only can oral piercings lead to nerve damage and burst blood vessels but they also increase your risk for infectious diseases, choking, chipped teeth and oral inflammation.
– Wearing a night guard while sleeping if you suffer from bruxism. Night guards help protect your teeth if you grind your teeth while sleeping.
– Exercising caution when biting into hard foods, such as corn on the cob or cough drops. If you bite into a food that is too hard, you can easily chip or crack a tooth.

If you would like to consult with one of our dentists in Austin, Texas, about how you can protect your teeth from common oral health hazards, we welcome you to contact Barton Oaks Dental Group at 512-327-6947. We are happy to help care for your smile at our dental office in Austin, Texas!