Oral Bad Habits
Tooth enamel is the hardest substance found in the body, but it is not indestructible. Obviously teeth can decay, but there are also many bad habits that can be detrimental to your teeth as well. For starters there is thumb sucking which can cause developmental issues. Fortunately, it can usually be intercepted before it goes too far and sooner or later everyone grows out of it. Chewing ice, hard candy, old maids in popcorn, cracking nuts, biting your fingernails, thread, or fishing line, and opening bags or drink bottles with your teeth can all spell disaster for them. Bottom line, your teeth are meant to chew normal food with; they should not to be used as tools. Here, normal is considered to be food that won’t crack or break a tooth with repeated use. If your answer to “how many licks does it take to get to the center of a Tootsie Roll Pop?” is 3, you are at risk of cracking a tooth and needing a crown. Suck on the hard candy, don’t chew it. Use scissors or fingernail clippers for your fingernails, thread and fishing line. Repeated, concentrated forces on the edge of your enamel can cause it to crack and chip. When you use your teeth to open something and that something suddenly slips out, your teeth may come together with such force that they break, sometimes as just a little chip, sometimes losing an entire cusp from a molar.
But, the number one bad habit…not brushing and flossing.
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