As the holiday season amps up, there seems hardly enough time to attend all the extra shopping, preparing and holiday functions, let alone squeeze in a dental appointment for a cracked tooth! Yet you’d be surprised how many have to do just that.
Margaret Mitchell, DDS, of Mitchell Dental Spa shares 10 common causes – and tips for avoiding – tooth damage year-round:
- Eating hard candy
Still finishing the last of the Halloween stash? Make sure you’re not biting down on something hard. Jolly Ranchers and dinner mints are common culprits.
- Chewing on hard objects
The littlest things you chew on can do big damage. Especially avoid chewing ice.
- Eating popcorn
Your favorite movie treat can have a horror film twist if you bite down on an unpopped kernel. Your tooth may be scarred for life.
- Eating frozen candy bars
They may taste great, but, as with ice, one bad bite may crack a tooth. So be careful with that frozen Snickers bar!
- Cracking nuts
Nutcrackers are more than pretty decorations or a holiday ballet. They’re a tool that will help keep your teeth intact!
- Loosening objects
When something is hard to open, too often, we resort to using our teeth. Not a good idea. Teeth just aren’t suited for jobs like untangling knots or opening tight bottle caps.
- Opening packages
Many of us are guilty of being so eager to nosh, we tear the slippery bag open with our teeth. A cracked tooth is definitely not worth a handful of pretzels or chips.
- Foreign objects in food
Keep an eye out for out-of-place objects in some of the yummy holiday dishes you’ll be eating. Any hard thing – from bones in your turkey to rocks in your quinoa – can spell disaster for a tooth.
- Finishing a hairdo
A mouthful of bobby pins while you work on getting your hair just righ can be a definite dental don’t.
- Nail biting
While this may be considered just a bad habit, it can also be dangerous for your teeth. Biting your nails can cause the breakdown of enamel and eventually tooth cracking.
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