Habits That Lead To Emergencies 1

Dental emergencies, due to their nature, are the kinds of affairs that happen by surprise, and as such, cannot be prepared for. It is thus very difficult to talk about dental emergency prevention, after all, how do you prevent something beyond your control? How do you stop that ice from being slippery, and you falling down and cracking your tooth, or how do you stop that hazelnut shell form getting into that cake that you bit down on? 

The emphasis is of course on preventing things that you do have control over, instead of worrying about things that can just happen without your consent. Here are some of the habits that land thousands of people each year in the dentists chair in need of emergency treatment. 

Opening Things With Your Teeth

Mostly its bags of peanuts or plastic wrappers that people attack with their teeth, and seeing as you are biting down on a slippery, thin piece of plastic and then pulling it away from your face in an effort to mangle the bag or packet open, the possibilities for damaging your teeth are literally endless. The wrapper can slip out, you can exert too much force and break a tooth, you can scratch your enamel etc, etc. Don’t do it, grab some scissors, or try with your fingernails or something. People also break their teeth all the time trying to open bottles with them. This is a no no, teeth are not made for this sort of thing, even if it looks super cool.

Chewing On Ice

Apparently this is a more common habit than previously believed. Some people, when stressed out, chew some ice cubes, or just enjoy the sensation of biting the ice cubes. The problem is, your enamel cannot always withstand a drop in temperature that great, and can sometimes crack as a result. If your tooth is already cracked, it can result in inflammation of the nerve, which is very painful. 

Grinding Your Teeth

Bruxism, or the habit of grinding your teeth as a result of stress or anxiety, is a common reason for immediate as well as long term damage to teeth. Teeth can be worn down to the nerve, literally, by grinding, and in the process, usually chip or break a bunch as well, which can result in infections, painful bouts and all kinds of damage to all the structures of the tooth.