You have likely figured out at this point in your life that your jaws are extraordinarily strong. Your teeth, as well, are highly durable and can seem to weather many a storm. While you might begin assuming your smile is immune to damage as you live your life, you are mistaken. Teeth and jaws can withstand a lot of pressure, wear, and tear, but they are not the invinsible, magical framework you think they are. To help you keep your smile safe and sound and your oral health in check, we suggest a few things that you should absolutely keep out of your mouth as a general rule!
#1: Your Fingernails
You should keep your fingernails out of your mouth. Actually, except for when you have washed your hands and are flossing your smile, you should keep your nails away from your mouth. Biting your nails or simply nibbling on them can lead to problems with your oral health, such as stressed TMJs and the promotion of bruxism. Plus, you’re really letting a lot of germs in there when nails enter your mouth!
#2: Uncracked Nuts
Think your teeth are going to offer you the power you need to crack a nut? To break apart a cookie that’s surprisingly tough? Don’t risk it. Your oral health is marked not only by healthy tissues but by those that are not physically damaged. Protect the structure of your teeth (and the health of your jaw joints) by breaking hard foods (with utensils) before you eat them.
#3: Packages That Require Opening
Can’t open something with your hands? Don’t assume that your next best attempt is with your teeth. You’ll only be placing your oral health at risk. Choose scissors or something else that will help you out, while keeping your teeth safe from harm.
Fix Damage By Coming In For Restorative Care
If you end up with a damaged smile, we can help you repair the problem and restore your oral health with treatments like fillings, crowns, and more. Schedule care with your Southlake, TX dentist today by calling Gregory Wright, DDS at (817) 481-7999. We gladly serve patients from Southlake, Grapevine, Keller, Trophy Club, Colleyville, and surrounding areas.