Tooth damage causes. Discussion by Dr. Corpron, your south austin family dentist.

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While taking good care of your teeth plays a big role in your overall health, a surprising amount of people make decisions that they may not realize are actually causing damage to their teeth. In part one of our blog series, we’ll look at a few ways that you may be destroying your pearly whites.

Using Your Teeth As A Tool

We’ve been there so many times before. Perhaps we are unable to find a bottle opener. Maybe we don’t have access to a pair of scissors. Maybe we’re just being lazy and impatient. Whatever the case may be, there have been many instances where you’ve resorted to using your teeth for applications outside of eating. While this may seem like a good idea at the time, in many cases, you are ignoring the many different types of damage that you could very easily experience by doing so. Take a bottle cap, for example. The sharpened edges are jagged and incredibly uncomfortable when you attempt to use your bare hands to remove them from a bottle. Now think about how difficult it is to remove it without a bottle opener. By attempting to do so with your teeth, you could very easily chip or crack your teeth. Having to go through with the pain and discomfort that goes along with that is awful enough to begin with, not to mention the hassle of us having to get it fixed or repaired in a timely manner. While you can’t plan for everything, always having plenty of scissors, wire cutters, bottle openers, and other tools on hand is a great way to ensure that you won’t have to resort to the dangerous and not always successful attempt at using your teeth as tools. Your teeth will continue to look fantastic, and you’ll save yourself the frustration of attempting to do something that you may not even be able to complete.

Playing Sports Without A Mouth Guard

While we’ve touched in this point in a previous point in relation to children playing sports, the fact remains—playing contact sports and not wearing a mouth guard can be an incredibly dangerous and risky thing to do. You can try and conduct yourself in as safe as a manner as possible, but you have little to no control over the actions of the other players in the game. While no one usually aims to specifically harm or injure another player, accidents happen, and it’s in scenarios like this where wearing the proper protection can be of incredible value. The last thing you want is to lose a tooth or suffer a significant blow to your otherwise healthy smile, so wearing a mouthguard while you play sports will help decrease your chances of injury. Plus, you’ll have the peace of mind in knowing that you’re protected, which will keep you focused on the game.

Visit an Austin Dentist

Those are just two examples of ways that you are destroying your teeth. Blue Sky Family Dentistry is committed to providing families in Austin with the best in dental care, making it easy for the entire family to be seen under one roof. We will continue this in part two of our blog series, but until then, to learn more about our Austin dentist office, contact Blue Sky Family Dentistry today.