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Chomping Habits

Posted by: Dr. Sirakian     Categories: Dentistry, Oral Health


Teeth are very strong and powerful. Our teeth crush, tear, and cut up food, which makes our lives so much easier. But, how much power are our teeth actually packing? Well, when it comes down to it, our teeth are way stronger than we ever expected.

When you chew, you run the risk of biting you lip, tongue or even cheek, and when that happens it hurts. It hurts because the human bite when chewing exerts 70 pounds per square inch of force, that is pretty hard. The molars have the strongest biting impact. The rest of your teeth also make a dent if you bite your lip or cheek, but they are not packing as much power and force as your back teeth.

Our strong teeth help us eat and talk, but the strength that you exert can hurt your teeth too. People who suffer from teeth grinding exert 6 to 10 times more force than they do when chewing which can seriously harm teeth. Grinding your teeth can harm enamel, cause cavities, and hurt your jaw.

While men have stronger bites than women, anyone is at risk of teeth grinding. If you grind your teeth or suspect that you might, then go to a dentist. They can help diagnose the condition and help you find a treatment that is right for you.

http://www.nytimes.com/2006/08/01/science/01qna.html

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