Dealing with chipped teeth can be uncomfortable and unsettling, yet it is something that happens to everyone at some point in their lives. You are more likely to chip a tooth as you get older as your teeth become more vulnerable especially if you do not take proper care of them. You might even find yourself chipping your teeth regularly as you age.
Here is a closer look at 3 things that can lead to your teeth chipping off:
1. Teeth grinding
Grinding your teeth is bad for your oral health. The medical term for it is bruxism, and it can lead to even worse issues such as broken and fractured teeth. Consistently grinding your teeth erodes the enamel and chewing surfaces, making them more likely to chip off when applying pressure.
Matter of fact, chipped teeth are one of the symptoms of bruxism. The thing about teeth grinding is that most people do not even realize they have this habit. It is something that typically occurs while you are asleep so you are not aware of what is going on unless you share a room with someone.
A good way to alleviate the effects of tooth grinding is by getting a mouth guard customized for you. That significantly reduces the pressure on your teeth when you grind them. The mouth guard also doubles as a retainer that keeps your teeth in the proper position.
2. Not getting enough essential nutrients for your teeth
You are simply not going to have a healthy set of teeth if you are not getting adequate amounts of the important nutrients they need like calcium and fluoride. These minerals strengthen and protect your teeth from tooth decay that results from the bacteria in your mouth breaking down food particles.
Regardless of how well you take care of your teeth, you are going to end up dealing with issues like decay if you are not getting all the calcium and fluoride you need. Decayed teeth are more susceptible to chipping since they have weaker stability. It only takes a little bit of pressure to chip a decaying tooth.
To ensure your teeth remain healthy, consume lots of milk and other dairy products since these are generally good for your teeth, and make sure you brush daily with a toothpaste that contains fluoride. You can also get all the fluoride your teeth need by drinking fluoridated water. If your teeth already have cavities, your dentist can use fillings to help restore their strength.
3. Chewing on hard things
Nothing damages your teeth as much as chewing on hard things. Your teeth are designed to chew on soft foods, not your fingernails, ice, or some jawbreakers. If you habitually do any of these things, make a concerted effort to stop. Failing to do so will eventually lead to damaged teeth that might even end up chipping off.
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