How to Prevent Tooth Breakage
Posted on 8/21/2023 by Dr. Frank K. Sioda
|Tooth breakage can happen at any time. Sometimes it may not cause pain, but you should consider it a dental emergency. If left untreated, harmful bacteria can invade the crack, resulting in sensitivity, tooth decay, and infections. Do you know that you can prevent your teeth from breaking? Learn how to protect your teeth.
Consider a Mouth Guard
Car accidents falls, and knocks during sports can cause damage to your teeth. While preventing some of these accidents may be challenging, you can protect your teeth during sports. A protective device such as a mouth guard is one way to prevent tooth breakage during contact sports. This involves opting for a custom-made mouth guard with the highest quality to ensure comfort and safety.
Grinding your teeth when you are awake or asleep can cause small wear and tear on your teeth. If ignored, this can lead to cracks, a good environment for bacteria to build up. In this case, treating bruxism should be the first step toward protecting your teeth. This may involve wearing a custom night guard, limiting alcohol intake, and managing stress.
Prioritize Fluoride Treatment
When the tooth enamel weakens, it becomes prone to breakage and cracks. Factors contributing to a weak enamel may involve consuming acidic beverages and sugary products. These products break down the enamel, leaving the tooth susceptible to decay and infection. Luckily, you can make your tooth enamel strong by incorporating fluoride into your dental care routine. This will make your teeth resistant to attacks caused by acidic products and plaque bacteria.
Watch What You Bite
It can be tempting to chew ice during the summer season or hard objects during stressful moments. However, this habit increases the chances of breaking your teeth. While the tooth consists of a hard protective layer, it can easily chip if you chew on hard items. In this case, you may need to avoid things such as ice, nuts, hard candy, and bones. Schedule an appointment with our professional today and learn more about preventing cracks on your teeth.
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Dr. Frank Sioda
18676 Willamette Dr. Suite 202
West Linn, OR 97068-1718