Tips to Prevent Chipping Your Teeth
Our teeth are tough and can withstand a lot without being damaged, yet sometimes chips happen. There are several reasons why our teeth may chip and even more ways to avoid this problem. If it does happen, Bright Smile Family Dentistry can easily repair chips and cracks in your teeth and give you back your beautiful smile.
Ways to Prevent Chipping
- Oral care – Healthy teeth are strong teeth and strong teeth are hard to chip. Taking care of your teeth by regular brushing, flossing, and dental visits will help keep your teeth strong. Teeth that have had cavities or root canals that needed fillings are more prone to chips and cracks because they are weaker, especially if you are prone to biting down hard when you chew. Yet, it is still possible for perfectly healthy teeth to suffer chips as well.
- Avoid certain foods – Hard foods such as croutons, hard candy, popcorn kernels, and ice are known to chip teeth. If you bite down on these hard foods, the pressure can be enough to chip your teeth. Also, choosing sugary or acidic foods can wear down the enamel of your teeth and make them more prone to chips. If you do consume these foods, drink lots of water to rinse the sugar out of your mouth before it causes any damage.
- Avoid grinding – If you grind your teeth when you sleep, it is a good idea to wear a mouth guard at night. Prolonged grinding can not only cause chips and cracks in your teeth but can also wear teeth down and make them an easy target for bacteria growth and decay. Grinding, clenching, and biting down too hard can also lead to jaw problems, muscle pain, and headaches.
See Your Dentist - Serving Marble Falls & Pflugerville
Regular dental visits are key in maintaining healthy teeth. Cleanings will help keep your teeth strong and your dentist will also notice if there are issues that may lead to cracks and chips such as decay and cavities. If you live in the Pflugerville and Marble Falls, TX area and would like more information on how to prevent chips and cracks, please contact our office today!