A few years ago, I had to see my dentist urgently because I cracked a molar. When I explained that it happened while eating popcorn and crunching on unpopped kernels, my dentist warned me that I was not the only patient with a broken tooth due to popcorn. He advised me to avoid doing that in the future.

Similarly, there are several common habits that can lead to dental issues, even if they seem harmless. Chewing ice is another habit that dentists warn against, as it can easily chip the enamel of your teeth. Dr. Diana Nguyen from the University of California, San Francisco, mentioned that ice chewing can cause small chips that may lead to larger cracks requiring treatments like root canals or crowns, or even tooth removal.

In addition to ice chewing, dentists also advise against chewing on pens. Dr. Natasha Flake, president of the American Association of Endodontists, explained that chewing on pens can cause repeated trauma to your teeth. She even shared a case where a patient fractured their front tooth while trying to remove a cap from a marker.

It’s important to be mindful of these habits to avoid unnecessary dental visits and treatments. Remember that prevention is key when it comes to maintaining good oral health. Be conscious of what you eat and how you use your teeth to ensure a healthy smile for years to come. Your dentist will thank you!