Accidents do happen, but there are ways to avoid injury to your teeth and gums. It’s amazing how everyday habits or eating certain foods can put your teeth at risk. Here’s a list of things to avoid:
Biting ice. The cold temperature and hard ice can crack and break your teeth or dental work.
Eating hard foods too fast. Treats like popcorn, hard candy, peanut brittle and shelled nuts should be eaten slowly.
Using your teeth as tools. Let scissors cut tape and ribbons and open up packaging for you and avoid lifting or holding things with your mouth.
Playing sports without a mouthguard. Mouthguards absorb shock and protect teeth from damage, especially during contact sports. Your dentist can help you choose the mouthguard that is right for you.