I remember one time (yeah, right:-), when I was about to go into an important meeting and one of my fingernails was chipped. I didn’t have any clippers or a file, so I used the only tool I had – my teeth – to give it a quick trim. Have you ever done that? Did you know that doing that could turn your chipped nail into a chipped tooth? It’s true.
Chewing on anything too hard (like ice or hard candy), anything too chewy (like gummies and caramels), or playing sports without a mouth guard can damage your teeth. Even drinking sugary drinks, wine and things with a lot of citric acid can damage your teeth. I’m not saying you can’t eat and drink those things, but be careful when you do, and clean your teeth well afterwards. Interesting thing though – it’s best to wait a few minutes after drinking something sugary before you brush, because you can actually brush the damaging stuff right into your enamel if you don’t give your saliva a chance to work its magic first. And remember, pencils and pens are for writing – not for chewing:-).
If you want to keep your teeth healthy and strong so that they will continue to do their real job of keeping you alive (eating) and making you look good (smiling) it is important to take good care of them.