FORT LAUDERDALE FL DENTIST EXPLAINS 5 EVERYDAY HABITS THAT CAN CAUSE CHIPPED TEETH
Stop Bad Habits Today With The Help Of Our Fort Lauderdale Dentist
Did you know you might be doing things every single day that could result in chipped teeth? If you knew the result, would you try to stop the bad habit now? Our Fort Lauderdale FL dentist shares some habits – and the prevention – that you can tackle today!
This nervous habit can impact your jaw and chip your teeth by placing your jaw in a protruding position, placing pressure on the jaw. You can try bitter-tasting nail polish to prevent you from biting, but if that is unrealistic, try holding something to keep your fingers occupied when the urge strikes.
Grinding / Clenching
Grinding or clenching your teeth when stressed or at night can cause chipping, as well as muscle tenderness or pain. You may want to ask our Fort Lauderdale FL dentist if a nighttime mouth guard can help – it will help prevent tooth damage, as well as alleviate pain and muscle soreness.
Chewing Ice Cubes or Hard Objects
Tooth enamel is mineralized crystal, and ice is crystal, too; when you rub two crystals or two hard objects forcefully against each other, one will break. Most of the time it will be the ice – but sometimes it might be a tooth or a filling that will break! Naturally, the best prevention is to avoid chewing ice and hard objects. With ice specifically, you can resist temptation by ordering or drinking chilled beverages without ice – or using a straw. The risk of chewing ice is much greater than any enjoyment you may get from chewing it!
A Reminder From Our Fort Lauderdale Dentist: Good Habits Today Give You Great Teeth Tomorrow!
Eating or grazing constantly throughout the day, especially on sugary snacks and beverages, increases your risk for cavities. Cavity-causing bacteria stay in your mouth after meals, feasting on leftover food and producing an acid that attacks your tooth enamel. Grazing all day, especially on sugary foods and drinks, puts you at a higher risk for cavities that can weaken your teeth and increase the possibility of chipping. Obviously, the best prevention for this risk is to eat well balanced meals that make you feel fuller, longer. If you choose to indulge in the occasional sugary snack, follow it with a large glass of water to wash away leftover food particles that may be sticking to your teeth.
Using Your Teeth As Tools
Although your teeth are made for eating, many people use them for other things, like stand-ins for scissors, twisting off bottle tops, or holding things when your hands are full. Doing this, however, increases your risk for chipping or cracking your teeth or even injuring your jaw. The solution? Stop and find the right tool, or ask someone for help. Your teeth will thank you!
Did You Chip A Tooth? Visit Our Fort Lauderdale FL Dentist!
If you do accidentally chip a tooth, make an appointment with Florida Smiles Dental and our Fort Lauderdale dentist immediately. In the meantime, rinse your mouth with warm water. If there is any bleeding from the chipped tooth, press a piece of gauze to the area, applying pressure. If you can’t get to a dentist that day, cover the tooth with dental cement (available at most drugstores) to protect your tooth until your appointment.
The information provided in this article is not meant to be medical advice and is for educational purposes only. If you would like to learn more about this and other topics related to dentistry, feel free to contact Florida Smiles Dental, with a convenient dental office location near Fort Lauderdale, by clicking here or by calling 954.906.7891.