You have probably heard it a million times: Stop using your teeth as a tool! While you understand that we’re telling you to stop using your smile for anything other than its natural purpose (speaking, chewing, etc.), you might have a hard time connected the dots and applying this to realistic situations. We are happy to share some specifics with you to help ensure you’re protecting your oral health, instead of overlooking common habits that can lead to damage.
To Open Your Pen Cap, Soda Can, Etc.
One way you shouldn’t use your teeth (which we consider “as a tool”) is to open things up. For instance, don’t use them to open up your soda can, to try to pull a pen cap off if your hands can’t do it, or anything else that require pulling or force. Remember, you can scratch, chip, crack, and break your teeth! Ask for assistance or seek some other means, so your oral health is preserved.
To Rip Through Packaging
Yep, we know. When you don’t have scissors within reach and you need to tear open a package, whether it’s cardboard, paper, plastic, or otherwise, it is so very tempting to rely on your teeth. “Just this one time!” you might think to yourself. Sadly, all it takes to break a tooth is just one time! Trust us, the discomfort, time, money, and energy you end up saving by taking the time to find scissors makes the extra effort worth it.
To Carry Things
Are your hands full? Don’t carry one extra bag with your mouth just because you can. Save your oral health and make multiple trips or ask a friend for help!
Give Your Teeth The Protection They Need
In addition to using your teeth as they are meant to be used, we encourage you to see us for a dental visit twice a year, so we can help keep your smile strong, healthy, and lovely. Get the information and treatment you need in Celina, TX by contacting Celina Family Dentistry to schedule a visit today at (214) 851-0130.