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Things You Need to Stop Chewing On

Posted on 1/10/2017 by Jonathan Woodyard
A woman chewing onto ice and damaging her oral health.Your teeth were designed to chew up your foods and to help you speak. They were not designed to hold pens, bite nails, or pry open bottles. If you use your teeth to chew on things that they are not meant to chew on, it could cause you to have lasting problems with your teeth. Keep your teeth strong and healthy by using them the right way, and avoiding chewing on things that could cause you harm.

Bad Things for Your Teeth

Aside from the aforementioned bottles, nails, and pens, there are other things that can harm your teeth, too. Pencils are commonly chewed on, but can harm your teeth and gums in many ways. The metal can cut or the wood can splinter, and both can harm the delicate tissues of your mouth. These should be kept in the hand or put away securely so no one gets hurt.

Ice is also really bad for your teeth. Not only does it put a lot of pressure on the teeth, which could cause them to crack, but it also could splinter chucks off that could gouge your mouth in many different locations. Plus, it can add to the sensitivity of your teeth, and should be avoided.

While nuts are really good things to eat, their shells are not so good for your teeth. They can also splinter, but because they have so many layers, they can actually get stuck in your gums, between your teeth, or even in your mouth or throat as you go to swallow.

Avoid chewing on anything that is not sustaining your life, if you can help it. Chewing on objects should be avoided because of the damage those things can do. If you tend to chew on things, speak with your dentist and see what tips they have for you.

Please contact our office if you have any questions about your oral health.


Woodyard Dental Care, PSC

Dr. Jonathan Woodyard, DMD

3235 Olivet Church Road
Paducah, KY 42001



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