your teeth are not tools, Use them strictly for chewing food dentists warn

From tearing off Sellotape to opening bottles, dentists have revealed the alternative ways people use their teeth.

Two in three people frequently use their teeth to perform tasks such as ripping out clothes tags or doing up zips.

The Oral Health Foundation, who conducted the survey, has warned against using our teeth for anything other than eating.

These everyday Home use for teeth are Chipping, breaking or destroying existing dental work and could be the result of extensive damage in old age.

The most common misuse for our teeth is tearing Sellotape – more than four-in-ten (41 per cent) of us admit to doing this regularly.

People often use their mouths to carry things when their hands are full, with 22 per cent admitting to doing so.

Other popular uses include taking tags out of clothing (20 per cent) chewing pens and pencils (16 per cent) and biting nails (26 per cent).

Some of the more bizarre uses are doing up zips (four per cent), opening bottles (nine per cent) as well as opening hair grips and packets.


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he Oral Health Foundation said that while it may seem trivial, using our teeth as tools poses a considerable risk to our oral health.

He said: ‘Anything from opening bottles to chewing foreign objects can damage existing dental work or cause our teeth to crack.

‘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.’

Young adults are the biggest culprits when it comes to using teeth in improper ways.

More than four in five (85 per cent) 18 to 35-year-olds admit to abusing their teeth by performing unusual tasks with them.

This is significantly higher than 35 to 54-year-olds (70 per cent) and the over-55s (54 per cent).

Dr Cater said: ‘We should stick to using our teeth for what they were designed to do – chewing our food so that its more easily digestible.

‘Our teeth also help us to talk and make sounds. They also give our face its shape. Because of this, we shouldn’t be doing anything that could unnecessarily jeopardise them.’

By adopting as few as three simple habits, we can dramatically improve the health of our mouth, and our quality of life.

‘Regularly visiting the dentist, brushing twice a day with a fluoride toothpaste, and reducing the amount and frequency of sugar in our diet, can transform our health for the better.’

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