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By Brilliant Smiles Dental
September 28, 2016
Category: Oral Health
Tags: dental visits   pen chewing  

If you are an infamous pen chewer it’s time to find out what kind of havoc you are wreaking on your teeth.

You can’t help it; your pen chewing has become a habit. Maybe you don’t even know when you do it, or perhaps it alleviates your stress. oral healthWhatever the reason may be your Delray Beach, FL dentist, Dr. Henry Rodriguez, is here to tell you why you should put that pen down if you want to keep a healthy smile.

While teeth are durable and can certainly tear apart a thick steak, it doesn’t mean that they are meant to nibble on inedible objects, as well. No matter whether you choose pencils or pen caps, if you are chomping down on any of these writing utensils you may find yourself dealing with a cracked, chipped or fractured tooth at some point. Instead of needing restorative dentistry in Delray Beach, nix this habit altogether to prevent dental damage from ruining your smile.

As if this wasn’t enough reason to put the pen down, you have to also consider where that pen has been besides your mouth. It’s been tumbling around in your bag or purse, sitting on a communal desk or goodness knows where else. So, why would you even want to put this kind of nasty bacteria in your mouth, which could potentially lead to an infection?

You may be wondering how you even begin to stop this habit. It can be a bit tricky, especially if you aren’t always aware of when you do it. But here are some helpful tips for how to stop yourself from this nasty little habit so you can protect your teeth:

  • Always carry a pack of sugar-less chewing gum on you. Whenever you feel the urge to chew, just pop a piece of gum in your mouth. Not only will your breath be pleasant for colleagues or fellow students, but you’ll also prevent damage to your teeth.
  • Pen chewing is a lot like nail biting and it can be difficult to stop. If you’ve ever tried to stop yourself from biting your nails, perhaps you’ve tried coating your nails with a product that is supposed to taste gross whenever you bite down. Of course, you could try using this same product on your pen to make it less desirable.
  • When you aren’t actually using your pen make a habit of putting it down. By putting your pen down you can stop yourself from having the urge to chew.

If you want to maintain a healthy smile it’s important that you visit our Delray Beach, FL dental office every six months for a routine exam. Turn to Brilliant Smiles Dental for all of your general and cosmetic dentistry needs.


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