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To maintain a healthy smile and to safeguard your oral health, you should be cautious when it comes to hazards to your smile.

What you eat and drink can stain your teeth. Coffee, red and even white wine can discolor your teeth. You can talk to your dentist about an in-office or take-home whitening treatment.

Unhealthy lifestyle habits such as smoking or chewing tobacco can lead to stained teeth, and other oral health ailments. If you continue using these products, you increase your risk for cancer, infections, and gum disease.

Another common risk factor for your oral health includes chewing on objects. This can include pens, pencils, or biting your nails. This can cause chips or cracks in your teeth. If you feel the urge to chew on something, try a stick of sugarless gum, which can help improve your oral health.

Derek M. Lichter, DDS, Inc. wants to help you with keeping your smile safe from outside risks. To schedule an appointment at our office in Chula Vista, California, please call us at 619.591.8945. Dr. Derek M. Lichter and our team can help you choose the right services for a brighter smile!