Protect Your Teeth By Avoiding These Things
Summertime is a great time for getting together with friends and just celebrating time in the outdoors. With all this outdoor activity, you’ll most likely need to drink more fluids. It’s just a matter of how you go about it that makes a difference. There are some harmful habits that could damage your teeth. Today, our Edmond dentist is playing “devil’s advocate” here and listing some of the things you may need to avoid for so that you can protect your teeth.
1.) Opening Bottles: Adults that like to enjoy cold, crisp beer on a sunny summer afternoon may be inclined to open that bottle with their teeth. Remember your children pick up on your habits and they are just as likely to do this with old-fashioned soda bottles. Why is this harmful? Well, aside from the overall health repercussions of drinking either beer or soda, when you use your teeth to open a bottle it can cause your teeth to crack, chip, break, and create openings for decay. Of course, should you have a dental emergency, our Edmond dentist would be happy to take care of you.
2.) Crunching Ice: If you’re not drinking out of a bottle, chances are you’re drinking something with ice in it. Why not, right? It’s hot outside and an ice-cold drink hits the spot, but don’t be tempted to chew on the ice when you’re finished guzzling that drink. Ice munching can cause cracked and chipped teeth, damage to tooth enamel, as well as problems with existing dental work such as fillings and crowns. This habit has actually been linked to
Treatment options for a cracked or broken tooth may vary depending upon the severity of the issue. For temporary relief from any pain our Edmond dentist may recommend rinsing your mouth out, brushing the area well, and flossing to prevent debris from wedging down into any open spaces or your gums. Ibuprofen or a cold compress may help to ease the pain, but ultimately your best bet is to schedule an appointment with the dentist as soon as possible.
Our Edmond dentist is conveniently located and we welcome patients of all ages. We’re savvy in many areas of dental services and we’d be happy to help. To book an appointment with our Edmond dentist give us a call at (405) 330-5458 or contact us online by click here.