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Tips to Prevent a Chipped Tooth
A chipped tooth is one of those issues that most of us have to deal with at some point in our lives. Teeth are the strongest part of the body, and they are exposed to many things that can damage them, like bite forces and acids made by oral bacteria.
Healthy teeth can handle most of the things thrown at them for the most part, but teeth become more vulnerable to being damaged when they have been weakened by existing issues. Healthy teeth can also become chipped and broken when they are exposed to forces greater than what teeth normally deal with, like trauma to the face caused by a fall.
Preventing a chipped tooth
Here are simple things that you can do to protect your teeth and prevent them from becoming chipped.
1. Practice good oral hygiene
Good oral hygiene is the best foundation for a healthy mouth. Taking good care of teeth protects them from the acids in the mouth, allowing them to stay healthy and strong. Healthy teeth are less likely to become chipped unless exposed to extreme bite forces or trauma.
Good oral hygiene includes brushing at least two times each day and flossing once per day. This helps remove plaque and tartar from teeth surfaces before they get a chance to damage teeth. The most important time to brush and floss is right before going to sleep, since teeth are most vulnerable during this period.
2. Use protective gear
One of the most common ways that teeth become chipped is by the contact that occurs during certain physical activities, like sports. A mouth guard or helmet can help reduce the trauma that teeth experience when a hit to the face occurs.
3. Address teeth grinding
Teeth grinding weakens teeth structures, and it is one of those habits that most people who do it are not even aware of it. Teeth grinding gradually wears down teeth structures, and that makes it easier for teeth to become damaged or chipped when exposed to bite forces or trauma.
4. Avoid bad habits
Many people like to chew on things that they know their teeth are not designed for. Habits like biting on ice can damage teeth, leading to chips or breaks. The same goes for habits like chewing on fingernails. Doing such things regularly is likely to lead to a tooth becoming chipped.
We can fix your chipped tooth
Regardless of how well a person takes care of their teeth, there is always a small chance at least one of their teeth will become chipped over the course of their lives. It can be even tooth decay weakening a tooth until a part of it breaks off.
Dealing with a chipped tooth? Our dentist can educate you about your best options. Call or visit our Maitland clinic to set up and appointment so your smile can be fully restored.
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