Adult teeth are the last pair we will have! So, keeping our gums and teeth in good health is very important. Damaging oral habits such as clenching or grinding teeth, and chewing or biting down on hard object can be a problem for people with developmental disabilities. These habits can cause tooth fractures or compromise the natural shape of a tooth. Here are some precautions you can take to avoid injuries to your teeth:
- Avoid chewing ice, popcorn kernels, and hard candy, all of which can crack a tooth.
- NEVER use your teeth to cut things, use scissors.
- Do not use your teeth to open items.
- Use a mouth guard as recommended by a dental professional or when participating in sports or recreational activities.