Don’t Use Your Teeth As Tools

Chances are high that you or someone you know has used their teeth as tools before.

For example:

  • Ripping open packages  don't use teeth as tools
  • Tearing tape
  • Opening a bottle of beer
  • Taking tags off of new clothes
  • Holding things between your teeth such as nails when hanging something, pens, other random things when your hands aren’t free
  • Tearing open bags of chips

The list goes on…

It may seem totally harmless, but the extra pressure can actually cause a lot of damage, such as cracks, chips, harm to enamel, and in extreme cases, even loss of a tooth. It can even cause your teeth to shift, especially if you are currently using Invisalign where your teeth are already moving.

Can you imagine having to end up getting a dental implant just because you didn’t take a minute to grab a pair of scissors or a knife? And consider the expense that goes along with that…for something that could have been very easily prevented. Or you may have to get bonding or porcelain veneers.

Save yourself the trouble and use your teeth for what they were designed for – chewing your food and to helping you speak.

You only have one set of adult teeth to last you a lifetime – take care of them and don’t fall into any bad habits.

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