Children often mimic what their parents do, which can be both a good and a bad thing. When it comes to saying please and thank you, holding doors open for people and helping out with the dishes, this can be a good thing. However, when it comes to cursing, eating junk food and opening things with one’s teeth, it can become a problem. At Mapleridge Children and Adult Dentistry, we are particularly against opening stuff with one’s teeth.
Cracked and chipped teeth are the third leading cause of tooth loss in both children and adults. Opening items with one’s teeth is a major contributing factor to this statistic. A child’s teeth are particularly susceptible to chips and cracks, as their teeth are much smaller and not nearly as durable as adult teeth. Our family dentist in Liverpool advises young patients against using their teeth as tools, but it is up to parents, such as yourself, to set an example and to make sure children don’t use their teeth for anything other than eating.
As mentioned above, teeth should not be used for anything other than eating. Here are just a few examples of what NOT to let your child do with his or her teeth:
Though some of these activities cause more wear and tear than others, each should be avoided at all costs. Teeth are not indestructible and were designed to chew food—that’s it.
Teach your child healthy oral care habits that he or she can use to maintain a strong, radiant smile for life. Reach out to our family dentist in Liverpool, NY today to schedule your child’s first visit. Call us at 315.453.2084 or contact us online.
If you have questions regarding the recipes above, or to learn more about healthy foods to eat that won’t cause damage to your teeth, contact us today, and our friendly team will be happy to help. To schedule an appointment for you or your child, give us a call. Have a happy summer!