Cracked teeth can be painful, unattractive, and expensive to repair. They can also constitute a dental emergency. The Black & Bass Cosmetic and Family Dentistry team would like to share some tips to keep your teeth whole and strong.
1. Avoiding a cracked tooth means avoiding chewing on hard things. Mind-blowing, right? People should 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.
2. It is vital to protect your teeth while engaging in any physical activity where your mouth can be hit. If you enjoy pick-up basketball games, indoor soccer leagues, rec center flag football, and many other activities, you should use a mouth guard.
3. Don’t use your teeth as a tool. Locate a pair of scissors to open a package 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.
4. Don’t grind your teeth. Teeth grinding usually happens as you sleep. If you know or suspect that you are a tooth grinder, speak with us so you can address the problem with stress reduction techniques and/or a night guard.
5. Visit us twice a year for check-ups and cleanings. Your dentist can alert you to conditions that might predispose you to cracked teeth, such as having an uneven chewing surface or brittle teeth.
If you already have a cracked tooth, never fear! Treatment is available, including emergency dentistry. Cracked and damaged teeth can be repaired with cosmetic dentistry techniques like dental crowns and fillings. We also provide general and family dentistry, and anxiety-free dentistry. Call us today.
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