This week we are going to talk about the best way to ruin your teeth. If you do any of these you should stop! They could be seriously damaging your teeth.
- Use your teeth as tools;
Using your teeth for something they weren’t made for is a perfect way to damage your teeth. Teeth are built perfectly for chewing and grinding food (and smiling). However metal, plastics, and glass can be extremely hard on your teeth. If you have crowns or veneers using your teeth to bite some hard materials can cause them to break. Use a knife or scissors and not your teeth to open packages. Oh and don’t open bottle caps with your teeth either.
- Go to bed without brushing your teeth;
We know that is can be easy when you are super tired to fall into bed without brushing your teeth, but doing this can greatly increase the likelihood of cavities. It takes only 2 minutes to brush your teeth and we recommend always taking the extra time to do this. If you don’t brush your teeth the bacteria and food particles will sit on your teeth all night. Length of time is a big factor in whether or not you’ll get cavities.
- Use Dental Floss for Everything but flossing;
There are many great uses for floss, but the primary one should be flossing every day. Flossing removes bacteria and food from the area that your toothbrush can’t. It will also help with bad breath.
- Chew hard candy and ice;
This will probably disappoint many people, but hard candy is bad for your teeth in more ways than one. If you let it melt in your mouth and just suck on it, then it keeps the sugar near your teeth for a long period of time. If you try to crunch it with your teeth then you potentially could break your teeth or any other dental work you may have. Sticky candy can also put stress on your teeth, which isn’t good either. Basically, most candy isn’t good for your teeth. We would also suggest not chewing ice because like hard candy, it will put stress on your teeth and this can cause serious issues.
- Don’t wear a mouthguard;
Not wearing a mouthguard while playing sports can be the perfect way to ruin your teeth. Getting hit in the mouth by a baseball or a similar object can break teeth and do other major damage to your mouth. Even if you are just playing a game with some friends it is a great idea to wear a mouthguard. Protect your smile and teeth.
These are just a few of the many ways to damage your teeth. But most people don’t need more ways to hurt their teeth. Protect your teeth and you will thank yourself later.