Did you know that cracked teeth can lead to tooth extractions (and thus, require you to get a denture or dental implant)? While your tooth enamel can withstand a lot of wear and tear, it can’t stand up to everything. In fact, some everyday activities can crack your teeth over time. If you want to know how to best avoid cracked teeth, we’ve got a few tips to help:
Watch what you chew.
In general, some people are just more prone to chewing habits. From chewing on ice to chewing on pens and pen caps to biting into those unpopped popcorn kernels, that little habit could be doing you a disservice. That’s because chewing hard, brittle objects can make your teeth susceptible to cracking.
Clenching your teeth throughout the day can lead to wear and tear on your enamel – and even result in cracking. Not to mention that clenching throughout the day tends to lead to other problems, like tension headaches.
Get help if you grind
Do you grind your teeth at night? If so, this could lead to tooth damage and cracking. If you suspect you’re a night grinder, talk to your dentist. He or she will be able to tell if you grind your teeth, then prescribe a night guard retainer to protect your enamel.
If you play sports or regularly engage in physical activity, it’s important to remember to wear a mouth guard or protective mask when you’re playing. Your dentist can create a customized mouth guard that will offer you the best protection.
Talk to your dentist
If you suspect you have cracked teeth, don’t procrastinate a visit to your dentist. Chances are, he can help you save or preserve your cracked teeth. If you suspect cracked teeth, give us a call today.