Common Habits That Secretly Drive Your Dentist Crazy

Using Your Nails To Get Food Out Of Your Teeth

An athlete picks at his teeth.
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We’ve all been there. You take a massive bite out of an apple, and the skin gets lodged in your teeth. For many of us, we can’t help but stick a nail in between our teeth to dig out the unwelcome food particle.

Dentist Henry Hackney warns that biting your nails or using them to get something out can cause a piece of the nail to get stuck in your teeth. This can lead to food particles becoming more stuck, causing a permanent gap! To avoid making the situation worse, stick to floss.