Protect Your Oral Health: 6 Things You Shouldn't Put in Your Mouth

As a dental hygienist, I see a lot of patients every day and I’ve noticed some common habits that can be harmful for your oral health. So, I wanted to share a few things to keep out of your mouth to help you maintain a healthy smile.

First of all, let’s talk about chewing on ice. I know it can be tempting, especially when it’s hot outside, but trust me, your teeth are not designed for this. Chewing on ice can actually cause small cracks or fractures in your teeth, leading to potential toothaches and even more serious issues down the road. So next time you have the urge to crunch on some ice, try a cool drink instead.

Another thing to avoid is using your teeth as tools. I know it can be convenient, but using your teeth to open packages or hold objects can cause damage to your teeth and even lead to chips or fractures. Stick to using the proper tools for these tasks and your teeth will thank you.

I also want to remind you to be mindful of what you put in your mouth. I’m talking about things like pens, pencils, and even your fingernails. Biting on these objects can cause wear and tear on your teeth and potentially lead to chipped or broken teeth. So, keep these items out of your mouth and use them for their intended purposes.

Next up, let’s talk about sugary drinks. I know they can be refreshing, but they are not very kind to your teeth. The sugar in these drinks can lead to tooth decay and cavities. If you do indulge in a sugary drink, try to rinse your mouth with water afterwards or even better, go for a glass of water instead.

Now, let’s talk about smoking. I’m sure you’ve heard all the health risks associated with smoking, but did you know it can also have a negative impact on your oral health? Smoking can cause staining, bad breath, and even increase your risk of gum disease and oral cancer. So, if you’re a smoker, I highly encourage you to quit for the sake of your overall health and your smile.

Lastly, I want to touch on oral piercings. While they may seem cool and trendy, they can actually cause a lot of damage to your teeth and gums. The metal from the piercing can rub against your teeth and cause wear and tear, and if the piercing is in your tongue, it can also lead to chipped or cracked teeth. Additionally, oral piercings can increase your risk of infection and damage to your gums. So, if you’re considering getting an oral piercing, I urge you to think twice.

I hope these tips are helpful and that you’ll keep them in mind to maintain a healthy and happy smile. Remember, your oral health is an important part of your overall well-being, so take care of your teeth and they will take care of you. See you at your next dental visit!

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