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Dangerous Items That Could Cause a Dental Emergency

September 4, 2022

Filed under: Uncategorized — lapalcodental @ 10:48 pm
woman eating a lemon slice

A dental emergency usually catches people by surprise, but in retrospect maybe they were putting their teeth in harm’s way. There are items that definitely elevate your risk for teeth trouble just by putting them in your mouth. Some might be surprising, while others are obvious. Keep reading to learn from your emergency dentist in Marrero what items you should try to avoid.

Bottle Caps

It can be difficult to open a drink with a plastic or metal cap sometimes. No matter how much you want to, don’t ever try to open it with your teeth. You could chip, break, or lose a tooth, especially if you are biting down hard and slip while trying to turn or pop the cap off. Go find a bottle opener or someone who is a bit stronger to lend a hand.

Ice

Chewing on ice after finishing a beverage is common. You might find it satisfying, as opposed to the dental emergency that could follow. Dentists see patients all too often who have cracked a tooth after chewing on ice. If you just can’t get away from ice, at least lean toward slushies and their tiny particles that are much easier on your teeth.

Lemons

You grow up being told to eat your fruits and veggies. That’s usually sound advice, but not always. While lemons do have vitamin C which is good for you, the citrus fruit is highly acidic and can cause enamel erosion. On a related note, if you have a habit of drinking lemon water in the morning to aid digestion, it should be replaced by another method like drinking warm mint tea or adding ginger to your diet.  

Pens

Most people have probably chewed on a pen and not thought twice about it. Maybe it’s from boredom or nervousness. Regardless of the reason, it can introduce your mouth to harmful bacteria. Worse yet, you could break a tooth. If you need to chew on something, sugarless gum is a great alternative and good for your teeth.

Your Fingernails

This is an obvious one, as any fingernail-chewing enthusiast is well-aware they should not be doing it. It’s not necessarily the worst thing you could chew on, but over time it can wear down your teeth and create tiny cracks in the enamel. It also puts your jaw in an unnatural position, which can cause pain in your ears, teeth, or jaw.

Keep the aforementioned items away from your mouth and your odds of dealing with a dental emergency will plummet!

About the Author

Dr. C.J. Landry attained a Doctor of Dental Surgery from the LSU School of Dentistry. He opened Lapalco Family Dental right after graduation. If you ever need an emergency dentist in Marrero, Dr. Landry has more than three decades of experience and can be reached on his cellphone 24 hours a day. Schedule an appointment on his website, but if it’s an emergency, call (504) 348-0080.

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