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Teeth are intended to chew food, but that’s about all they can do. For some reason, lots of us feel that our pearly whites can also do a variety of other tasks, but doing anything other than chewing food (safely) with our chompers can result in serious injury. Be cautious of the following practices:

Using drugs or alcohol. When we say that your pearly whites are only for chewing food, we mean it. Using drugs or alcohol can severely weaken your chompers (and gums), as well as develop a host of other problems for your body. Do your best to limit your consumption of drugs and alcohol and your teeth will thank you with a brilliant smile.

Crunching hard food. Lollipops and Jawbreakers are intended to be dissolved, not chomped on. Despite this, we see many patients who’ve fractured their chompers biting down onto a rough candy (or other hard food). If munching away on tough food is a challenge for you, think about skipping rough foods for foods of a softer variety.

Chewing on pens. Chewing on pens slowly eats away at your enamel, and as the pen becomes harder with time, the likelihood that you’ll chip your teeth chewing it also raises.

With these pieces of information in mind, we hope that you have a strong dental future ahead of you. And yet, we recognize that accidents do happen. If you’ve damaged a tooth, please call 860-745-2712 now to schedule your next checkup with Dr. Alexander Zubkov and our Associates in Dentistry staff in Enfield, Connecticut.