Are you at Risk for Chipped Teeth?

Posted on 5/5/2015 by Zac Bird

A young boy with chipped and missing teeth. Teeth are not as resilient as many people think. They often become chipped or cracked at the most inopportune moments. While you cannot prevent every occurrence from putting the integrity of your teeth at risk, there are many habits that you can avoid in order to minimize the risk of chipping your teeth.

Poor Oral Hygiene Habits

Did you know that if you do not properly brush and floss your teeth that you are making them weak and susceptible to breaking? All it takes is to brush your teeth twice a day for two minutes at a time and flossing at least once a day to ensure the integrity of your teeth. If you avoid this, feeling too tired or busy to properly brush and floss, you could be at higher risk for chipped teeth than others.

Using your Teeth for Things other than Eating
Your teeth are meant to chew your food, that is all. They are not tools or meant to be chewing non-food items. If you are a nail biter, pencil biter, or you are prone to using your teeth to rip open packages or other items, you are putting your teeth at risk for chipping or cracking. Anything that is not food does not belong in your mouth as these items are typically too hard for your teeth, causing little chips to occur at a time. Eventually, those little chips turn into large problems, making your teeth look unpleasant and difficult to use properly.

Not Wearing a Mouth Guard for Bruxism

Are you told that you grind your teeth at night? Even if your significant other does not seem bothered by it, you should still be wearing a mouth guard that is custom made for you. The longer length of time that you grind your teeth, the weaker your teeth become. Consistent grinding will eventually cause your teeth to wear down and begin to chip.

Not Wearing Protective Gear When Playing Sports
Sporting accidents often involve the teeth. This incident is easily prevented through the use of a mouth guard. When you obtain a mouth guard custom made by us, you are guaranteed to have an appliance that fits well and is not cumbersome. This means that you will be more likely to wear it, which can prevent serious issues from occurring when you are playing sports - even chipped teeth.

Piercings in your Mouth

Your mouth was not made for metal to reside inside it, which is why tongue and cheek piercings are not a good idea. Tongue piercings are commonly known to cause chipped front teeth as the teeth are constantly hit with the jewelry. Even if the jewelry is not hitting the teeth, it could wear away the gums, which could subsequently make the teeth weaker in the long run as the foundation for the teeth becomes weak.

These habits are among the most common that cause chipped teeth. These habits can all be changed and/or fixed in order to ensure that your teeth do not become chipped. At our office, we are always helping patients get to the root of the reason why they have chipped teeth and finding ways to rectify it.

There are solutions to chipped teeth, such as porcelain veneers, but if you are able to leave your teeth alone, with no necessary treatment, that is always the better option. If you have any of these bad habits, talk to us today about how we can help you - our staff is well versed in changing bad dental habits!

Please call our office today to make your appointment to get your dental health back on track!








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