Your teeth are the strongest part of your body, but that doesn’t mean that you can use them willy nilly. Tooth damage can be expensive and painful. Here are some things that you should NOT be doing with your teeth!
Opening Beer Bottles
It may have seemed like a cool party trick back in your college days but using your chompers to open a beer bottle makes us cringe for your precious tooth enamel. The hard metallic bottle cap can lead to chipped teeth and erosion of the enamel. Save your teeth and use a bottle opener! In general, you shouldn’t be using your teeth as tools to open packages.
Avoid the Lip Ring!
Lip or tongue piercings can be aesthetically pleasing but they are bad for your teeth. The small metallic pieces of jewelry are constantly banging against your teeth with can cause micro-fractures which, over time, can completely break down your dental pieces.
It should come as no surprise that smoking is terrible for your teeth. In addition to being detrimental to your overall health, smoking will stain your teeth and promotes gum disease. Leaving you with a mouth full of yellow teeth that could fall out!
Bite your Nails
It’s a bad habit. Every time you bit your nails you are creating a microfractures that slowly erode your tooth enamel. Break the nervous habit by replacing it with a healthy habit like utilizing a stress ball.
Playing Sports without a Mouthguard
If MVP basketball player Stephen Curry can wear a mouth guard when he plays than so can you! Contact sports like basketball, football and hockey already run a high risk of injury. Protect your mouth by wearing a mouthguard in case you fall or are hit in the face. Invest in a custom mouthpiece that is made specifically for you!
Chewing Ice Cubes
It’s a great way to cool down on a hot day, but at what cost? Chewing on ice cubes can be perilous to your tooth enamel and incredibly painful if you have fillings for a cavity.
Eating Sugary Foods
If we’ve said it once we’ve said it a thousand times! Avoid eating foods that have a high-level of sugar like candy, soda or chocolate. Sugar promotes the growth of bacteria which create acid that eat away at tooth enamel.