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Your teeth are intended to chew food, but that’s about it. For some reason, lots of us think that our pearly whites can also perform a variety of other tasks, but doing anything other than chewing food (safely) with our pearly whites can result in grave damages. Be alert of the following practices:

Using drugs or alcohol. When we say that your pearly whites are only for chewing food, we’re telling the truth. Using drugs or alcohol can severely weaken your teeth (and gums), as well as lead to a host of additional problems for your body. Do all you can to limit your consumption of drugs and alcohol and your chompers will thank you with a lasting, brilliant smile.

Crunching tough food. Lollipops, Jolly Ranchers, and Jawbreakers are made to be dissolved slowly, not crunched on. Despite this, we see a bunch of patients who’ve fractured their pearly whites biting down onto a hard candy (or other tough food). If munching away on rough food is a challenge for you, think about skipping rough foods for those of a softer variety.

Chewing on pens. Chewing on pens slowly erodes your enamel, and as the pen or pen cap becomes harder over time, the chance that you’ll chip your pearly whites chewing it also grows.

With these bits of advice in mind, we hope that you have a solid dental future ahead of you. And yet, we understand that accidents do happen. If you’ve harmed a tooth, please call 201-518-9795 now to pencil in your next visit with Dr. Galina Zhukova and our Paramus Dental & Implant Center staff in Rochelle Park, New Jersey.