Of course, you know that your jaws are extremely powerful. They provide enough force for you to chew through your food every single day (even tough food, at that). Just as powerful as your jaws are, you know that your teeth are quite strong and resilient. So, put those details together, and you may think of your smile as an exceptional tool you can use when you really need it. Of course, if you’re using it for its main function, which is to chew your food or to allow you to communicate verbally, then all is well. However, if you figure that since you’ve got such power at your disposal that you should use it for anything you wish, you are overlooking something: Asking too much can lead to problems for your oral health. Our Columbia, TN team can help you better understand this with ease, so you can keep your oral structures safe!
Chewing: Don’t Choose Tough-To-Chew Foods
You’ll hear this time and time again: When you eat foods that are difficult for you to chew, whether that means they’re hard-as-cement, they’re so chewy it takes 20 minutes to get through, or they’re extremely tough, you’re putting your oral health at risk. You’re tuckering out your jaw joints (which can cause problems like TMJ disorder). You’re also asking your teeth to do quite a lot more than they’re designed to do, which can lead to problems like cracks, fissures, chips, and a need for restorative care.
Tired Jaws: Don’t Create Your Own Stretches
Our team would like to remind you that though you notice your TMJs feel tired and feel you should do something about it, that doesn’t mean you should try to take your oral health into your own hands. Instead, come in to talk with us about what you should do to protect your jaw joints and to get them feeling good again. When you attempt to create stretches or other treatments on your own, you can actually end up causing additional stress and strain, which is counterproductive to your primary goal! See us for a visit soon if you require care.
Don’t Use Your Smile To Complete Tasks
Need to carry something? Cut something? Tear open packaging? Don’t ask this of your smile. You can quickly cause tooth or TMJ injury!
Protect Your TMJ And Smile Health With Our Help
Enjoy exceptional smile health and protection when you’re keeping up with your preventive dental care with our team. To learn more, or to schedule an appointment, call Creekside Family Dental Care in Columbia, TN, today at (931) 388–3384.