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The most alternative uses for our teeth revealed

Thursday 25th July 2019

Many people put their oral health at risk by using their teeth for jobs that they were not intended to do. Joint research by the Oral Health Foundation and Philips, as part of National Smile Month, finds that two in three of us frequently use our teeth for tasks other than eating and drinking.

Some of the most common misuse for our teeth is biting nails, carry things when our hands are full and tearing sellotape. Other uses include taking tags out of clothing, chewing pens, opening bottles and doing up zips.

Dr Nigel Carter OBE, Chief Executive of the Oral Health Foundation says that while it may seem trivial, using our teeth as tools poses a considerable risk to our oral health.

Dr Carter says: "Anything from opening bottles to chewing foreign objects can damage existing dental work or cause our teeth to crack.

The results are part of National Smile Month, a nationwide health campaign that promotes the benefits of a healthy smile.

As part of the charity campaign, its organisers the Oral Health Foundation, alongside partners Philips, have joined together to create #habits4life - an initiative which encourages everybody to adopt good habits to live healthier, happier and longer lives.