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Avoid Bad Oral Health Habits in 2015

Dakota Dental suggests making good oral health a priority in the New Year.

Apple Valley, MN, January 28, 2015 --( It is estimated that nearly half of all Americans make New Year’s resolutions, and most of these resolutions are tied to improving healthful habits. From the obvious – like not smoking or reducing sugar – to the surprising, Dakota Dental encourages people of all ages to make mouth-friendly New Year’s resolutions.

When making good oral health a priority, taking care of your teeth is essential. Dakota Dental believes dental preventive care such as brushing and flossing is important, but good oral health goes beyond these actions. This year, Dakota Dental encourages eliminating the bad habits of treating teeth like tools, chewing ice, and biting inedible objects.

The first habit to leave behind in 2015 is treating teeth like tools. Teeth are made for biting and chewing food; yet, too many people use their teeth to break off sales tags, remove bottle caps, or even open packages. It is true that teeth are hard and strong, but that does not make them indestructible. Using teeth for activities other than eating is likely to cause chipping and cracking and the need for restorative dental work.

The family dentistry also advises that chewing ice is a dangerous activity. Though it keeps the mouth busy and it has no sugar or calories, the cold and denseness of ice cubes makes chewing them a recipe for disaster. If a person chews ice, he or she can plan for a cracked or chipped tooth or chronic toothache.

The third habit to eliminate in 2015 is biting inedible objects. That means no more biting fingernails or chewing pencils. Not only can these activities damage tooth surfaces and structures, they can also damage dental work already in place such as tooth fillings and dental crowns.

For more tips and assistance in achieving and maintaining good oral health and healthy teeth, visit or call 952-431-5774. Dakota Dental Apple Valley dental care center offers general dentistry services and dental emergency services for patients of all ages. Dakota Dental accepts many insurance plans and offers a financing program for those without dental care insurance coverage.

Shelley Wakefield
Dakota Dental
14682 Pennock Avenue
Apple Valley, MN 55124
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Dakota Dental
Dr. Shelley N. Wakefield
14682 Pennock Avenue
Apple Valley, MN 55124

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