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Why Your Teeth Are Only for Food

October 29, 2018

It is true that your teeth are built to be strong and tough. The outer layer of enamel on teeth is one of the hardest substances in your body. Because of this strength, it can make you feel like you can use your teeth to do almost anything. However, it is important to remember that your teeth are designed for eating food and not for tearing open packages. Using your teeth for anything besides food can leave them susceptible to damage. It can also put excessive strain on your jaw, which can put you at risk for TMJ disorder. The team at Cosmetic & Implant Dentistry of Kansas City, MO can help you to keep your smile’s health a priority. 

A lady biting a nails

Ice Is Not Food

Chewing ice can become a habit for some people. While ice technically falls into the category of edible things, it is still quite hard to eat with your teeth. Habitual ice chewing can lead to dental damage, tooth sensitivity, and strain on your jaw. To kick an ice-chewing habit, try switching to unsweetened popsicles. This can help to wean you off the need to chew ice.

Use Scissors for Packages

If you have a stubborn package to open or a piece of tape to tear, it can be tempting to just use your teeth. Even just one time of using your teeth on material that isn’t food can leave your mouth vulnerable to injury. Aside from breaking a tooth, you can cut your lips or gums. Be mindful when you are using your mouth to keep your risks lower.

Kick Your Nail-Biting Habit

Typically when someone bites their nails, it is is a habit that occurs multiple times a day. Not only can biting your nails put you at risk of smile damage and jaw strain, it can also spread germs to your mouth. Your hands come into contact with lots of bacteria throughout the day. If you are not frequently washing them, you could be putting yourself at a higher risk of catching a cold or flu.

Using Your Teeth for Non-food Can Be Dangerous

Your teeth are designed for biting and chewing food; doing otherwise can leave them vulnerable to breakage. To schedule a consultation, call Cosmetic & Implant Dentistry of Kansas City, MO, today at 816-427-4018.