As well as regular basic check-ups, x-rays and fillings, one of the more common issues dentists face is that of chipped and cracked teeth. Patients will often book urgent appointments after these events, and it’s up to the dentist to fix the problem as quickly as possible for the comfort and wellbeing of the patient.
Here are some of the most regular ways people damage their teeth, so you might be able to avoid such a situation in the future.
Surprisingly, food is often the cause of broken teeth. Almost any food item that’s ‘rock hard’ can lead to cracked teeth, such as hard sweets like candy canes and gobstoppers, or even corn kernels and ice cubes. Chewing on these items can damage your teeth, so it’s best to either avoid eating them or suck on hard candies instead.
Through physical injury
It could be something as simple and unavoidable as tripping and hitting your tooth, or it might be through playing sport without a mouthguard – physical trauma is a very common cause of tooth damage. Some instances are purely bad luck, but if you’re playing a contact sport such as rugby, or one with hard objects such as hockey, it’s best to always wear a mouthguard and/or protective headgear for the wellbeing of your teeth.
Through incorrect use
Have you ever used your teeth for something other than eating or speaking? It’s easy to turn to teeth for opening or tearing things when other tools are not available, but this can be a way to chip them. For example, some people may try to use their teeth to remove bottle caps, which is not good for your dental health.
Instead, stick to the appropriate tools and keep your pearly whites out of harm’s way.
Bruxism is a condition where you habitually clench and/or grind your teeth, typically during sleep when you are unable to stop it. While there are treatments such as stress therapy to help stop the grinding, your dentist might also offer a plate to wear during sleep to prevent you from wearing down your teeth. If left untreated, this condition can lead to the weakening and eventual cracking of teeth in severe cases. You might notice a sore, aching jaw or even headaches as symptoms of bruxism. However, it will usually be your dentist who first spots the signs on your teeth and offers treatment.
Through other dental issues
There are a number of dental issues than can be responsible for cracked teeth. Root canal treatment is a common example. After having this procedure, your dentist will have you wait a year or so until applying a crown to the tooth to ensure there are no issues. During this time, the tooth may be more likely to crack.
Another example is that of misaligned teeth. If your natural bite puts a lot of pressure on certain teeth, it’s possible that those teeth with crack with so much hard wear. Braces and other orthodontic treatments work to ensure your top and bottom jaws meet properly to avoid strain on certain areas in the mouth.
Poor dental hygiene habits such as irregular brushing and flossing, or a high-sugar diet, can also lead to tooth damage. All of these issues can (and do) result in tooth decay, which weakens the structure and may lead to cracks.
Contact our friendly front desk team should you experience a chip or a crack in your tooth. It’s important to book in for an urgent appointment as soon as possible to fix the problem and prevent further damage from occurring.
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