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Chipping a tooth can be distressing. Whether it happens while you’re chewing your favorite food or during a karate class, anyone can chip a tooth. But there are certain factors that make some more prone to Teeth Break.
Why Teeth Break & Chip
Teeth are built to last a lifetime and are durable and strong. But even the most well cared for teeth can chip if they are injured. Biting down on hard foods, receiving a hit to the face, or grinding teeth at night can all lead to chipped teeth. It’s true that those who have good dental hygiene are less prone to chipping teeth. This is because dental habits like brushing daily, using fluoride toothpaste, flossing and avoiding gum disease, can all strengthen teeth and help keep them healthy. Those who have weaker teeth, due to gum disease, enamel erosion, or constant grinding are more in danger of breaking teeth.
How You Can Prevent a Chipped Tooth
Dental hygiene is imperative for keeping teeth strong. To help reduce your risks of chipping teeth, brush every day twice for two minutes each time using a toothpaste with fluoride. Fluoride helps teeth remineralize and stay strong. If you grind your teeth at night, consider using a mouth guard to protect wearing away and further damage. If you play any contact sports where you might get hit in the mouth, be sure to wear a protective mouthguard each time. Finally, use caution when eating hard foods like ice, hard candy, or popcorn kernels. These foods are notorious for breaking teeth. Never use your teeth to break, cut, or open anything.
What to Do If You Break a Tooth
If you break a tooth and it’s painful, call us right away. We will schedule an appointment to repair the tooth as soon as possible. If you’ve chipped a tooth but there is no pain, it’s less urgent, though we will want to see you to fix it and prevent further chipping and tooth loss.
Contact us today if you have a chipped tooth or questions about how to keep teeth strong. We are here to help!