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To Avoid a Dental Emergency, Pass on These Items

October 4, 2021

Filed under: Uncategorized — dr_anderson @ 8:25 pm
woman eating a lemon slice

A dental emergency usually catches people by surprise, but in retrospect maybe they were putting their teeth in harm’s way. There are items that definitely elevate your risk for teeth trouble just by putting them in your mouth.

Some might be surprising, while others are obvious. Keep reading to learn what items you can avoid to steer clear of a dental emergency.


Most people have probably chewed on a pen and not thought twice about it. Maybe it’s from boredom or nervousness. Regardless of the reason, it can introduce your mouth to harmful bacteria.

Worse yet, you could break a tooth chewing on a pen. If you need to chew on something, sugarless gum is a great alternative and good for your teeth.

Your Fingernails

This is an obvious one, as any fingernail-chewing enthusiast is well-aware they should not be doing it. It’s not necessarily the worst thing you could chew on, but over time it can wear down your teeth and create tiny cracks in the enamel. It also puts your jaw in an unnatural position, which can cause pain in your ears, teeth, or jaw.

Bottle Caps

It can be difficult to open a drink with a plastic or metal cap sometimes. No matter how much you want to, don’t ever try to open it with your teeth. You could chip, break, or lose a tooth, especially if you are biting down hard and slip while trying to turn or pop the cap off. Go find a bottle opener or someone who is a bit stronger to lend a hand.


Chewing on ice after finishing a beverage is a common act. You might find it satisfying, as opposed to the dental emergency that could follow. Dentists see patients all too often who have cracked a tooth after chewing on ice. If you just can’t get away from ice, at least lead toward slushies and their tiny ice particles that are much easier on your teeth.


You grow up being told to eat your fruits and veggies. That’s usually sound advice, but not always. While lemons do have vitamin C that is good for you, the citrus fruit is highly acidic to cause enamel erosion and throw your mouth’s pH balance off-kilter. On a related note, if you have a habit of drinking lemon water in the morning to aid digestion, it should be replaced by another method.

Your dentist knows better than to chew on a pen, and they’ll hope you are exercising the same common sense. Keep the aforementioned items away from your mouth and your odds of dealing with a dental emergency will plummet!

About the Author

Dr. Lance Anderson earned his Doctor of Dental Medicine from the University of Louisville just a couple of years before opening his practice here in Lovell. The Wyoming native strives to help patients with any dental needs so that they don’t need to make a multi-hour trip to see a specialist. He knows that it can be hard for people to stop chewing on a pen or an ice cube, but Dr. Anderson does not want to see you in the context of a dental emergency if you could’ve avoided it by targeting safer items. If the unexpected ever happens, however, and you do need an emergency dentist, he’ll be ready to help. That’s why Dr. Anderson is available 24/7. You can visit his website or call (307) 548-7654.

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