Did you know that your teeth have rules? They do. There are things you should not do with your teeth if you expect to keep your teeth white and healthy-looking. If you break the rules, not only could you damage your teeth, but you could end up with a hefty dental bill as well. Here are the top no-no’s when it comes to taking care of your teeth.
Stop Using Your Teeth As a Tool
How many times have you seen your grandpa Jim use his teeth to open a soda bottle? You’ve probably seen it a lot, and he is probably still doing it. Grandpa Jim aside, don’t use your teeth to open or unscrew anything. You may find yourself with a broken or cracked tooth for your trouble, which isn’t cheap to fix. Also, you will wear your teeth down over time if you use them as tools.
Stop Chewing Things That Weren’t Meant to be Chewed
If you are a chewer, we’re going to ask you nicely to stop. You don’t need to come into our office with a sore tooth and talk about how your tooth has been hurting if you regularly chew on pens, ice, or other objects that aren’t food, you need to quit. Eventually, if you chew on hard things long enough, your tooth will crack or split, and you’ll be paying for a crown.
Take It Easy on The Sugar
Whether you like to think about it or not, sugar has a detrimental effect on your tooth. Sugar causes an increase of bacteria in your mouth, which is why cavities form. You want to keep the chances of you having cavities down to a minimum because cavities can also lead to gum disease, pain, and tooth loss. Bacteria weaken the teeth, which you don’t want because weak teeth are more easily cracked or broken. Limit your sugar, and be sure to brush your teeth after you eat it. That way, the sugar stays on your teeth for as little time as possible.
We know these rules are fairly easy to follow, but none of us are perfect. Sometimes, you’re going to need a dentist to fix your mouth when you happen to break the rules. Are you ready to come and visit us? Stop by and see us to make an appointment at 121 E. 60th Street, 10th Floor, New York City, 10022. You can give us a call at 212-752-7188.