A dental emergency usually catches people by surprise, but in retrospect, maybe they were putting their teeth in harm’s way. There are items that definitely elevate your risk for trouble just by putting them in your mouth.
Some might be surprising, while others are obvious. Keep reading to learn from your emergency dentist in Deer Park what things you can avoid to dodge dental distress.
You grow up being told to eat your fruits and veggies. That’s usually sound advice, but not always. While lemons do have vitamin C that is good for you, the citrus fruit is highly acidic and can cause enamel erosion, plus throw your mouth’s pH balance off-kilter. On a related note, if you have a habit of drinking lemon water in the morning to aid digestion, it should be replaced by another method. For those who like warm beverages, some great alternatives to start your day with a digestion boost include ginger tea, peppermint tea, or green tea.
Chewing on ice after finishing a beverage is a common act. You might find it satisfying, as opposed to the dental emergency that could follow. Dentists see patients all too often who have cracked a tooth after chewing on ice. If you just can’t get away from ice, at least lean toward slushies and their tiny ice particles that are much easier on your teeth.
It can be difficult to open a drink with a plastic or metal cap sometimes. No matter how much you want to, don’t ever try to open it with your teeth. You could chip, break, or lose a tooth, especially if you are biting down hard and slip while trying to turn or pop the cap off. Go find a bottle opener or someone who is a bit stronger to lend a hand.
This is an obvious one, as any fingernail-chewing enthusiast is well-aware they should not be doing it. It’s not necessarily the worst thing you could chew on, but over time, it can wear down your teeth and create tiny cracks in the enamel. It also puts your jaw in an unnatural position, which can cause pain in your ears, teeth, or jaw.
Most people have probably chewed on a pen and not thought twice about it. Maybe it’s from boredom or nervousness. Regardless of the reason, it can introduce your mouth to harmful bacteria.
Worse yet, you could break a tooth chewing on a pen. If you need to chew on something, sugarless gum is a great alternative and good for your teeth.
Your dentist knows better than to chew on these things, and they’ll hope you are exercising the same common sense. Keep the aforementioned items away from your mouth and your odds of dealing with a dental emergency will plummet!
About the Practice
At Deer Park Family Dentistry, our team believes in going above and beyond for our valued patients. We try to learn about your preferences and personalize your care to reflect that. From the moment you step into our office, you’ll be greeted and made to feel comfortable and appreciated. We hope the day never comes, but if you find yourself or your loved one in need of an emergency dentist, our staff is committed to getting you attended to as soon as possible, plus we’ll provide over-the-phone advice to help reduce your discomfort in the meantime. If you ever need us for any oral health reason, please visit our website or call (281) 479-2841.