In today’s world, we are constantly on the go and always looking for ways to save time. We often try to do as many things as possible at once, but this can actually lead to decreased productivity and even damage our health. One way we often try to save time is by using our teeth as tools to open cans, bottles and other containers. But what many people don’t realize is that this can have some serious consequences for our dental health.

Consequences of using your teeth man opening a bottle with his teeth

It can be tempting to use your teeth to open or cut different objects when you don’t have a bottle opener or scissors handy. Some of these things include:

  • Bottles
  • Soda Cans
  • Price tags
  • Threads
  • Nuts and seeds
  • Sealed packages
  • Zip ties

Using your teeth to open things can cause a number of problems for your dental health. The enamel on your teeth can start to wear down, which can lead to sensitivity and increased risk of cavities. You may also crack or chip your teeth, which can be painful and costly to fix. In addition, you could end up swallowing sharp objects or pieces of metal, which can damage your digestive system. 

What to do if you chip a tooth

If you have a chipped or loose tooth, it’s important to see a dentist as soon as possible. A dentist can help you determine the extent of the damage and may need to fix the tooth with a filling or crown. In some cases, the tooth may need to be extracted if it’s too damaged.

You can store your cracked or lost tooth in a glass of milk or hold it in place in your mouth until you visit your dentist. Make sure you make an appointment right away!

From chipped teeth and cavities to gum disease and even tooth loss, opening things with your teeth can lead to some pretty serious dental problems. So the next time you’re in a hurry and tempted to use your teeth as a bottle opener, stop and think about the potential consequences! Schedule an appointment at Earwood Dentistry right away if you experience a dental emergency. Call (919) 847-8413