Do You Use Your Teeth For Tasks Other Than Eating And Drinking?


Our teeth and our mouths are important. We may take them for granted but it’s really important that we look after them.

However, it seems that a lot of us are putting our teeth and oral health at risk by using our mouths for purposes that they’re not intended for. Research by the Oral Health Foundation and Philips as part of National Smile Month found that 65 per cent of us regularly use our teeth for tasks other than eating and drinking.

One of the top things we use our teeth for is tearing sellotape, with 41 per cent of us doing this. Meanwhile, 26 per cent of us bite our nails and 22 per cent carry things using our mouths when our hands are full.

Although you might think that some of these things are trivial, Dr Nigel Carter OBE, chief executive of the Oral Health Foundation, said that it can be easy to damage our teeth or existing dental work.

“There are also examples of teeth shifting out of place, chipping and in some cases breaking, due to the pressure and strain. Accidents are also more likely to happen which could result in invasive and expensive emergency dental work,” he explained.

National Smile Month also shared a host of tips for looking after our teeth and mouths. They include making sure you use fluoride toothpaste and that you always brush your teeth just before you go to bed.

And if you do ever need an emergency dentist in Guildford, get in touch with us and we’ll be able to help you.