When you are living your day-to-day life, doing the usual daily things, you may not realize just how much you ask of your smile! While your teeth and gums and jaws (and more) are most definitely quite powerful and functional, our Upton, MA team reminds you that they are not immune to damage. It’s best to strive to use them for their unique purposes (such as talking and eating) but to be quite careful about not overdoing it or using your smile for tasks it was not meant to complete! Consider some reminders in terms of proper utensils to use (and things to avoid), so your oral health can easily remain safe.

Forks And Knives: To Save Teeth And TMJs

We are happy to remind you that, since you probably don’t want damaged teeth, bruxism, TMJ disorder, jaw pain, or any other types of problems for your smile, it’s best not to ask your teeth and your jaw joints to do all of the work. For instance, if you’re excited to eat something that’s on your plate but you know it may be hard to cut through with your teeth, use your fork and knife! Always rely on some other utensil first. If it isn’t going to work, then the food you’re considering is way too dangerous for your oral health!

Scissors: For Opening Things Your Smile Shouldn’t

Not interested in breaking a tooth and requiring a dental crown or an extraction? Not really too interested in accidentally cutting your gum tissue? Well, then. Don’t ask your smile to open packages or boxes. Use a pair of scissors instead to protect your oral health!

All Pointy Utensils: Not Meant To Go Near Teeth Or Gums!

We know that when something is stuck between your teeth, what you really want to do is quickly find something sharp, such as the prong of a fork, a toothpick, the tip of a knife, or any other utensil you can imagine that might help you. However, we also want you to remember that this can cause more damage that good. Of course, if you have stuck food, you are more than welcome to try to rinse with water to soften it, to brush to pull it from its spot, or to floss for easier removal. However, should you find that each and every effort falls flat, skip reaching for something that could hurt you and your oral health. Instead, call us for emergency dental care, so we may help you.

Protect Your Smile From Accidental Damage

Keep your grin and your surrounding tissues, such as your jaw joints, safe from accidental damage by considering our preventive care suggestions! Always come in when you need advice or our help! To learn more, call our family dental office in Upton, MA, today at 508-529-4591. We proudly welcome patients from all surrounding communities.


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