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Stop! Don't Open Things With Your Teeth!

Before you rip a piece of tape with your teeth, or use your pearly whites to pry the lid off a bottle, think about the possible consequences of your actions. Using your teeth as a tool (other than for chewing) can result in a very negative effect. In the worst case scenario, using your teeth for any purpose other than for what they are intended can cause them to chip, crack or even break.

A human's teeth is meant for one thing: chewing. Teeth are definitely not meant to be used as scissors or pliers. Unfortunately, it can be very tempting to use your teeth as a tool other than for chewing because they are convenient and they can often get the job done quickly. But don't let this practice become a habit. The more you use your teeth as a tool for cutting, ripping and opening various tough objects, the greater your chance of causing permanent damage.

Take time to Look for the Scissors!
It might take a few extra minutes to search a pair of scissors, but the extra time spent is well worthwhile. When you use your teeth to rip or tear objects such as thick tape, string, tags, plastic, or food containers, your teeth can easily sustain serious damage. The amount of time, effort and money you will spend repairing the damage is hardly worth the extra few minutes it would have taken to find an appropriate tool to complete the task appropriately.

Even if you've been pulling lids off bottles with your teeth for many decades, there is no reason to continue this potentially damaging habit. If this is a regular practice for you, it's possible that your teeth have already developed grooves, chips or cracks.

How are damaged teeth repaired?
If your teeth are damaged because you persistently use them as a replacement for scissors, pliers, a hammer, or any other type of tool, your dentist might recommend any of the following:

  • Dental crowns
  • Dental veneers
  • Fillings
  • Dental Implants (if the broken teeth cannot be saved)


It's Tempting to Use Your Teeth... But Resist the Urge!
It can be very frustrating to be presented with a package that will not open easily, a tag on a piece of clothing that will not rip easily with your hands, or a nut or seed with a hard shell that won't crack open with your fingernail. Your instinct might be to place those items in your mouth and use your teeth to quickly solve your problem. When these situations arise, remember that a broken tooth can be painful. And repairing or replacing a broken tooth can be time consuming and expensive.


What to do if You Have a Broken Tooth
If you have one or more broken teeth as a result of using your teeth as a tool other than for chewing food or gum, make sure to schedule an appointment with your dentist as soon as possible. Having the broken teeth evaluated early might prevent further damage. If you do not have a regular dentist or you do not have dental insurance, contact a discount dental plan as soon as possible. A membership in an affordable discount dental plan can help you save a significant amount of money on many types of dental services. 

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