Sometimes when you’re missing the right tool to get a job done, it can be tempting to look into the mirror and say, “Why don’t I just use my teeth?” Your dentist of Ephrata cautions you to stop and think before doing this, because using your ivories for anything else other than biting and chewing food is a recipe for disaster. As you continue reading you’ll learn more about why such practices can be detrimental to your oral health and can lead to emergency situations.
Bad Habits to Avoid
Here are some of the bad habits to avoid with your teeth:
- Chewing Ice – Your teeth are not designed to chew ice, so when you engage in this activity it is the equivalent of rubbing two crystals against each other. Eventually, one of them will break. If it happens to be your teeth, you’ll have a dental emergency on your hands.
- Using Your Teeth as a Tool – It’s also a bad idea to use your teeth as a gadget to open bottles or other packages that specific tools were designed to do.
- Using Toothpicks – Using a toothpick can puncture your gums and cause bleeding. There are better ways to clean your teeth like using a waterpik or floss. And they offer the added benefit of fighting against bacteria.
- Biting Your Nails – Leave the trimming of your nails to your fingernail clipper because when you use your teeth, you can damage your enamel and possibly cause a break or chip.
If you decide to take the risk and follow through with any of the above practices, there’s a good chance that you’ll eventually find yourself in an emergent situation, where there’s a broken, chipped, dislodged of loose tooth. The first thing to do is reach out to your local dentist to be seen as soon possible.
When you call in you’ll receive instructions from a knowledgeable professional who will help you reduce the trauma as best as possible and stabilize the area enough to get in to be seen.
The key here is just to remain in the moment. Try your best to not get so busy or hurried that you lose track of what you’re doing and put yourself in a vulnerable situation, and if you have any further questions about anything else regarding your oral health, just reach out to your local dentist.
About the Author
Dr. Sean Moriarty graduated from The Pennsylvania State University. He then went on to earn his Doctor of Dental Medicine degree from the Maurice H. Kornberg School of Dentistry at Temple University. Before graduating he was a member of the Oral Surgery Honor Medicine Society and served as President of the Endodontic Honor Society. Dr. Moriarty practices at Ephrata Family Dentistry and can be reached for more information through his website.