Agreed – the enamel on your teeth is one of the hardest substances in your body. But that doesn’t mean you can use it as your own personal tool, does it? People have been known to do some wild things with their teeth. This includes carrying paint buckets, hanging from poles, or even opening bottles with their teeth. Crazy, right?
The enamel on our teeth is a protective coating. As I already said, it is hard but it is definitely not abuse-resistant. You might take your teeth for granted and not think twice before you use them to do something that they are not supposed to do. This is a bad habit you should try to break.
Nature has assigned teeth with just two tasks—cutting and chewing food and helping you pronounce words, though I think they also add value to your smile. They are definitely not supposed to bite nails, open plastic bags/bottles, or rip objects apart.
I know! It is very tempting to use your teeth for all these chores. But these actions can really damage your teeth, sometimes even permanently. Chips and cracks on your teeth can be very painful and may lead to permanent extraction! For some people, chewing on objects like pencils is a hard-to-break habit. However, you can stop. Save your teeth as well as some bucks by asking someone to remind you every time you do it. Hint: sugar free gum helps too!
But if you still can’t stop using your teeth as tools, I encourage you talk to your dentist about your habit. He or she may be able to recommend alternative practices!