1. Using your teeth as tools
Do you tear open bags of potato chips, or twist off bottle caps with your teeth? Using your mouth in lieu of a pair of scissors or a bottle opener might seem like a convenient shortcut, but it could actually land you in the dentist’s chair. “You shouldn’t use your teeth to open bottles, or to rip open packages,” says Euan Swan, manager of dental programs at the Canadian Dental Association. “There’s the potential to fracture a tooth. If you’re using a back tooth, you could damage a filling or crown.” Tooth chips, cracks, and fractures can create openings for tooth decay to take hold. In serious cases, a broken tooth may have to be permanently removed, and replaced with a dental implant.