Think about it, the last time you needed to tear some tape off the roll, did you use your teeth? Are you a nail biter? And CRINGE - have you ever used your teeth to open a bottle cap?
The tales of "what happened" when people come in for a tooth repair never cease to amaze us. Sure, your teeth are convenient, you bring them everywhere you go, but please stop to think the next time you want to use your teeth for something other than eating.
We humans love the convenience of using our teeth to open a bag of chips, ripping off tags from clothes, even for chomping on really hard ice. Another habit that most people don't even recognize themselves doing is putting pens or pencils into their mouths. Not only can you spread germs by doing this, but the simple truth is, it is not good for your oral health! These habits can not only break your teeth, but they can undo expensive dental work at the same time.
Our suggestion is to make a concerted effort to recognize which of these "no-nos" you fall prey to regularly. The second step would then be to do something about it. The next time you go to use your teeth as a tool, stop, and tell yourself that your smile is too valuable. Take that extra 5 seconds to find the tool you should have grabbed in the first place. That five seconds can make a world of difference in your mouth, and in your wallet!
If you have a broken tooth, please contact us now. Waiting can make the problem even worse. We can help you decide which option is best so that you can protect your mouth from further damage.
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