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Your best options for keeping your teeth safe from tooth hazards often begin with your diet. Dietary selections play a key role in the health of your teeth and gums because not only can they damage your teeth, but alternatively, various minerals have been shown to help strengthen your tooth enamel. To help determine if any tooth hazards are present in your diet, start a checklist of foods and drinks you consume.

If you are routinely consuming products that are high in sugars and carbs, you’re putting your teeth at an increased risk for dental erosion. This is because sugars and carbs can be broken down into harmful acids by plaque and bacteria in your mouth. Once an acid forms, it can chew through your tooth enamel, which will leave you vulnerable to cavities and decay.

Another common risk factor associated with eating involves the product packaging itself. Never use your teeth for any other tasks other than for chewing food. Do not use your teeth to open bottle caps, plastic packaging or any other products, as doing so can easily damage your teeth and gums.

Another risk factor that is common with foods you eat is from hard or extremely chewy foods. If you bite into a product incorrectly, you can easily chip and crack your teeth. Thus, always exercise caution with extremely hard products.

Our team at Peter Lo Destro DDS PC wants to help you keep your teeth safe from tooth hazard risks. If you would like an oral exam from Dr. Peter Lo Destro, please plan an appointment to come see us at our dentist office in Yorkville and Aurora, Illinois. You are welcome to call us at 630-553-3222.