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You may have been told that brushing and flossing should be an important part of caring for your teeth. However, did you know that there are a number of other things you should consider doing, or that there are a few things you shouldn’t do? For instance, would you be surprised to learn that common habits could hurt your teeth?

For example, did you know that chewing your nails could damage your teeth? In fact, chewing your nails could actually lead to a number of problems. For instance, would you be surprised to learn that biting your nails can lead to fractures and uneven wear on your teeth? Similarly, nail biting could also introduce your teeth to bacteria since your nails are the dirtiest part of your hand. Chewing your nails can also lead to tooth grinding, which can lead to other issues. Luckily, there are a number of things you can do to break the nail biting habit.

Similarly, chewing gum can cause problems if you choose gum with sugar in it or grind your teeth. However, would you be surprised to learn that chewing gum could actually benefit your teeth? Chewing gum can actually promote saliva flow, which will carry plaque and bacteria away from your teeth. Gum with xylitol in it can also help you prevent cavities. Finally, please remember that chewing gum shouldn’t replace brushing and flossing.

If you’re interested in learning more about chewing gum or biting your nails in Aberdeen, South Dakota, please feel free to give Joseph Rigg, DDS a call at 605-225-2050. Our dentist, Dr. Joe Rigg, and the rest of our team will gladly inspect your teeth and answer any questions you may have. We look forward to hearing from you soon.