Cracked teeth can be painful, unattractive, and costly to repair. This post from the The Carrollton Dentist contains an easy-to-follow list of tips to keep your teeth whole and strong.
- Don’t chew on hard substances. An easy one, right? Steer clear of ice, hard candies, hard nuts, popcorn, and beef jerky. Also be wary of pitted fruits—that peach may be soft, but if you bite hard into the stone, you could damage a tooth.
- Protect your teeth while engaging in sports. If you enjoy pick-up basketball, indoor soccer leagues, rec center flag football, and many other activities, always wear a well-fitting mouth protector.
- Don’t use your teeth as a tool. Take a minute to find a pair of scissors before you tear open a package of lunch meat or rip the price tag off a new piece of clothing with your teeth. Use a nutcracker for nuts. A quality dental crown can cost hundreds of dollars.
- Most people know that grinding your teeth is dangerous, but did you know that it can lead to a cracked tooth? If you know or suspect that you are a tooth grinder, speak with your dentist so you can address the problem with stress reduction techniques and/or a mouth guard. Frequent headaches or jaw pain can usually be attributed to nighttime teeth grinding.
- Lastly, make sure that you visit us regularly for check-ups and cleanings. We can alert you to conditions that might predispose you to cracked teeth, such as having an uneven chewing surface or brittle teeth. We may also discover tiny cracks you aren’t aware of. Repair these cracks early before more damage ensues.
If you already have a cracked tooth, never fear! Treatment is available for cracks small and large. Restorative dentistry from The Carrollton Dentist will have a solution. We also offer general dentistry. Schedule an appointment with us today.
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