When you wake up in the morning and look in the mirror, you see that your upper front tooth is missing a piece. If a piece of your tooth breaks off, you should go to Dr. Motiwala Dental Clinic & Implant Centre right away. If it keeps happening, you might be curious about why and what you can do to stop it.
Why Are My Teeth Chipping?
Sometimes it’s easy to see what caused a chipped or broken tooth. You might chip a tooth if you hurt your face in a fall, car accident, fight, or sport. Even if you bite hard on candy or ice, you can hurt yourself or cause cracks.
Even if there was no obvious damage to the tooth, the enamel can be weak. Enamel, which covers the outside of our teeth and protects them, is the hardest thing in our bodies. It lets us eat all kinds of foods, from hot soup to peanut brittle. Anything that weakens the enamel, either temporarily or over time, can cause teeth to chip, crack, or break.
A tooth that seems to break for no reason often does so because of bad oral hygiene. Cavities and decay make enamel weak and damage the structure of the tooth. You might not notice anything different about your teeth until one of their chips.
If you brush your teeth twice a day for two minutes, your teeth are less likely to break. Use fluoride toothpaste that isn’t too rough and a small, soft toothbrush to keep the enamel from getting damaged. You can also stop cavities by flossing before bed and using a fluoride mouthwash without alcohol when you brush.
Other Causes of Chipping Teeth
Large fillings weaken a tooth’s structure, which makes it more likely to break over time. Fillings can last between 7 and 10 years. After that, you should go to the dentist to get new fillings to keep your teeth healthy.
Acidic foods, such as, can also damage enamel.
- Citrus fruit
- Hot food
Dry mouth, or xerostomia can lead to many dental problems, like chipped teeth. When you don’t make as much saliva, the enamel crystal dries out and gets more brittle.
Even age can make enamel weaker and thinner. Cracks are more likely to happen in enamel after age 50. As we get older, we can also get bruxism, which is when we grind our teeth. This wears down our teeth and makes cracks in them. If we lose some teeth, the ones we still have may have to deal with more force when we chew and more wear and tear, which can lead to cracks and chips.
How to Avoid Chipped Teeth
If you grind your teeth at night, you should wear a nightguard. If you play sports, you should wear a mouthguard. Your enamel will be even safer if you brush and floss your teeth right and use fluoride toothpaste and mouthwash. A healthy diet full of vegetables and low in sugar can also make it less likely that your teeth will chip.
Your dentist can help you avoid chips and cracks in your teeth. Plan checkups and cleanings twice a year to protect your teeth. Many of the things that cause cavities and chipped teeth can also be fixed with dental work like crowns or Invisalign.
Treatment Options for Chipped Teeth
Teeth that are broken or chipped can be fixed. A chipped tooth can be made smooth and shiny again. If the chip is bigger, you may need a white filling made of composite or bonded material, or a porcelain veneer, inlay, or crown.
If the chip goes all the way to the nerve of the tooth, you may need a root canal and a crown. If the chip goes all the way to the root, you may need an extraction and a crown, impact, or abutment to fix it.
Schedule an Appointment
If you have one or more chipped teeth, you should go to Dr. Motiwala’s clinic as soon as possible. If you wait, the chips can get bigger, which can make them harder to treat.
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