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Unfortunately, there are things in the world today that can threaten and even harm your chompers as well as your gums. This is why it’s important to care for your smile regularly by brushing, flossing, rinsing, and visiting your dentist. To help you understand a little more about what your smile is up against, Dr. Spyridon Condos and our dental team would like to tell you about the enemies of the smile.

Plaque is the first thing that can harm the teeth and gums. Plaque is a white sticky film that attaches to the front, back, and side surfaces your teeth and threatens to create cavities and gum disease. These two dental issues need to be prevented at all costs. It’s best to do so by keeping up on oral hygiene and visiting your dentist every six months.

Poor diet is the second thing that can harm your smile. Sugar and other carbohydrates can attack the teeth and create cavities as well as enamel erosion. It’s best to avoid these issues by sticking to a healthy and balanced diet that consists of eating tooth-healthy foods, like raw fruits and vegetables and dairy products like cheese and yogurt.

The third thing that can harm your smile is participating in contact sports without wearing a quality mouthguard. If you play a high-contact sport, like basketball, football, wrestling, rugby, etc., there is a chance a ball or another forceful object can hit your mouth and cause severe oral injury. However, if you’re wearing a guard, this is less likely to be the case.

Even though there are smile enemies, there is no need to worry. As long as you take good care of your teeth and gums, you’ll be on the right track toward the strong, healthy, and beautiful smile you deserve. For more information on how to care for your smile in New York, New York, please call Condos, Spyridon J DDS. All you need to do is dial 212.799.6900 and we will be more than happy to assist you!