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Most people have strong, healthy teeth, but there is a difference between strength and invulnerability. It actually does not take much to break tooth enamel if you are using your teeth in a manner in which they are not designed for use. Damage to tooth enamel also significantly increases your vulnerability to cavities and tooth decay.
Certain habits make it more likely your teeth will sustain damage, so if you or a member of your family is engaging in any of these behaviors, stop these habits as soon as possible. Your teeth will thank you!
Nail biting is a common nervous habit among many people. It isn’t very sanitary, but it can also lead to a chipped or otherwise broken tooth, as well as enamel damage. Biting your nails is most likely to damage the front teeth. Instead, try to divert your nervous tension towards chewing sugar-free gum.
Using your teeth as a tool is not the intended purpose for your teeth, although it can be rather tempting if you don’t have scissors or something sharp near by. Resist the urge, and wait until you have access to proper tools such as scissors or a sharp blade. Opening even a packet of ketchup could damage your teeth, causing fractures, broken teeth or even loss of the tooth if it was already brittle.
Chewing on pens and pencils also puts you at high risk for broken teeth. This is also one of the most common ways that existing dental restorations like fillings and crowns become damaged, which forces you to take time off work or school to have the restoration repaired or even replaced. Not to mention, this habit could end up costing you hundreds of dollars in dental repairs!
Chewing ice can harm teeth not just because of the hardness of the ice. The cold can weaken them and make them more susceptible to overall chipping or breaking. Chewing ice can chip teeth as well as tooth enamel, which makes you more vulnerable to significant damage to the affected tooth or teeth.
To summarize, any oral habit that involves chewing or biting something other than food can be very bad for your oral health. Your teeth only were meant to chew food, not other inanimate objects. So put down the pens, stop chomping your nails and let that ice just melt. If, however, you have already damaged your teeth and would like to repair your smile, cosmetic dentist in Palm Beach Gardens, Dr. David Benson, can help transform your smile.
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Take care of your teeth, and they will last you a lifetime. Make sure that care includes a comprehensive home regimen of good oral hygiene and routine visits to the dentist for checkups. If you have a broken tooth or any questions about curtailing bad oral habits, call the PGA Smiles office at (561) 627-7090.
PGA Smiles is proud to provide oral health care to patients in the areas of Jupiter and Palm Beach Gardens in South Florida.