When it comes to the health of your teeth and gums, your dentist is your greatest ally. So, naturally, they are the best place to turn to for advice on how to care for your smile at home or which treatments would enhance the look and function of your teeth. What patients often forget, however, is that their knowledge expands even further – they can also help you avoid a dental emergency! To begin, here are six items your dentist never puts in their mouth.
Sure, lemons improve digestive health, add flavor to water, and help prevent kidney stones, but they aren’t the best for your teeth. At least not when eaten whole. In short, their acidic nature can quickly lead to enamel erosion, increasing your risk of cavities. Therefore, it’s best to enjoy them in moderation and use a straw when drinking lemon water.
As the temperature heats up, you may be more and more tempted to fill your cup to the brim with ice. That’s totally okay – just make sure not to chew on it! This can result in a chip, crack, or fracture, which is often both stressful and painful. So, opt for something else, like gum, instead.
#3. Metal Bottle Caps
Have you ever used your teeth to open a bottle cap? This is a huge no-no. After all, all it takes is one time for your teeth to give instead of the cap! In fact, it’s best to avoid using your teeth as tools at all. Even if it takes a few extra minutes to locate the bottle cap opener, do it: your teeth will thank you!
#4. Other People’s Toothbrushes
Whether it’s your best friend or your significant other, do not use their toothbrush. There are a few reasons for this. Mainly, it’s filled with bacteria. Several studies have found that the bacteria that cause tooth decay can be spread through toothbrushes. Furthermore, if they haven’t changed their toothbrush since the last time they were sick, there is a good chance that you are going to get a cold or flu. In short, it’s best to use your own.
#5. Your Fingernails
When you are nervous or bored, do you find yourself biting your nails? There is no time like the present to quit! Not only can engaging in this habit flatten the edges of your front teeth, but it can also crack the enamel and introduce new bacteria into your mouth. So, for the sake of your oral health and your smile, make it a priority to break this unhealthy dental habit!
#6. Hard Candies
Are you a fan of lollipops, jawbreakers, and Jolly Ranchers? Unfortunately, indulging too often in treats like these can be dangerous. If you suck on them, the continual exposure to sugar can increase your risk of cavities. If you bite into them too soon, then you risk cracking your tooth. Therefore, it’s best to avoid hard, chewy, and sticky candies as much as possible.
Your dentist is here for more than your six-month checkups; they are here to help protect you from dental emergencies! So, to keep your smile in pristine condition, keep the above items out of your mouth.
About the Practice
Our team at Pinnacle Dental takes pride in offering top-tier dentistry when our patients need it most, including emergency treatments. Of course, we also know that dental injuries can be stressful and painful, which is why we prioritize prevention. In addition to offering meticulous checkups and cleanings, we share all of our tips for protecting your teeth from harm. If you have a question about how to care for your smile or you’d like to schedule an appointment, then don’t hesitate to visit our website or call (781) 843-7905.