As a dentist in Garden Grove California, we see quite a few patients every day and they call come from very different walks of life. From children with perfect teeth to the occasional patient that hasn’t really done a great job of sticking to their oral healthcare routine, we’ve truly seen it all.
However, beyond factors like “not flossing” or “not using a fluoride rinse” serious damage to teeth is often caused directly by us, the humans in charge.
Many times, patients have a problem with their teeth for one simple reason: carelessness.
In fact, many of the leading ways to damage, hurt, or outright ruin your teeth begin with carelessness, which leads into our first “method” of absolutely ruining your teeth
Dental Risk #1: Using your Teeth as a Tool (for something other than chewing)
Have you ever opened a bottle, can, or bag of chips with your teeth? Take this as your warning: never do it again. While they might seem like a perfectly effective tool for opening all kinds of packages and products, your teeth are meant for chewing food. Resist the temptation to use them for anything else. Otherwise, you can risk cracking and chipping your teeth — which often occurs with the most visible teeth, and can surely land you in your dentist’s chair for repair work. Not only can using your teeth as a tool cause visible damage, it can also open your teeth up to invisible damage by causing fractures that provide an invisible pipeline for bacteria and decay — which can lead to cavities, infection, and more.
Dental Risk #2: Playing Sports without a Mouth Guard
Of course, mouth guards were invented for a reason — and they tend to do their job quite well. If the sport you’re participating in poses any opportunity for your face to be recipient of any significant impact, you should be wearing a mouthguard. As a pediatric dentist in the fountain valley area, you can imagine that we also see plenty of children with sports related dental problems. Do yourself a favor. Spend the small amount of money on a “boil and bite” mouth guard instead of the more expensive option of repeated dental work.
Dental Risk #3: Chewing on Ice Cubes
You might not think that chewing on ice cubes can be bad for your teeth, but that’s where you’d be wrong. While it shouldn’t hurt your teeth to suck on an ice-cube to relieve a sore throat or simply cool off, try to limit the amount of time you spend actually cruuuuuuunching on ice cubes. Not only can this wear away at the enamel of your teeth, it can also cause cracking or chipping.
There’s a lot out there that can have an impact on your teeth, and it’s our job to make you aware of it. Come back later for the next installment of “Dental Risks” to learn about some more of the every-day habits, foods, and activities you might participate in that can have a very real impact on your teeth.
In the meantime, if you have questions about your teeth and live in the Garden Grove or Fountain Valley area, please don’t hesitate to contact us today.