• Don’t open bottles or cans with your teeth. This party trick
can easily lead to a cracked tooth. It’s also a good way to scrape the
enamel off your teeth. Finally, if something went wrong and a glass
bottle broke, your mouth could be severely cut up! Instead of using your
teeth, use a bottle opener.
• Don’t bite your nails.
This can be an easy habit to form, but it’s not great for your teeth.
Not only can chewing on your nails wear down your teeth or push them out
of alignment, but you could also introduce germs into your mouth or cut
your gums with nail fragments. Finally, it’s easy to leave your nails
looking ragged by chewing on them. Instead of chewing on your nails, use nail clippers to trim them. If you find that you chew on your nails because of a habit or anxiety, try to address the underlying cause.
• Don’t use your teeth to hold things.
Sometimes it’s worth making two trips from the car to the kitchen, if
it means saving your teeth a trip to the dentist. If you have issues
with carrying items, you can use tools like shopping bag holders to help you carry more bags or hand strengtheners to develop your grip strength.
• Don’t open packages with your teeth.
Whether you’re tearing open plastic packaging or a bag of chips, this
can cause enamel damage or even pull a loose tooth free. Instead of
opening items with your teeth, look for easy-to-open packages or use tools like knives or scissors.
• Don’t crack nuts or seed open with your teeth.
Even natural items like pistachios or sunflowers can still cause harm
to your teeth. They evolved to be tough and hard to protect their
contents, after all. Rather than using your teeth to open up nuts and
seed, get pre-shelled nuts or use a nutcracker.