Cracked teeth can be painful, unattractive, and expensive to repair. Today’s post in the Excellence In Dentistry dental blog contains an easy-to-follow list of tips to keep your teeth whole and strong.
1. Avoid Chewing On Hard Thing
Dental patients should steer clear of ice, hard candies, hard nuts, popcorn, and beef jerky. Also be careful with pitted fruits – that peach may be soft but if you bite hard into the stone, you could damage a tooth.
2. Protect Your Teeth During Physical Activity
It is vital to protect your teeth while engaging in any physical activity where you mouth can be hit. If you enjoy pick-up basketball games, indoor soccer leagues, Southern Alaska rec center flag football, and many other activities, you should be using a well-fitting mouth protector.
3. Don’t Use Your Teeth As A Tool
Take a minute to find a pair of scissors before you tear open a package of lunch meat or rip the price tag off a new piece of clothing with your teeth. Use a nutcracker for nuts. A quality dental crown can cost hundreds of dollars.
4. Grinding Your Teeth Is Dangerous
If you know or suspect that you are a tooth grinder, speak with your Eagle River dentist so you can address the problem with stress reduction techniques and/or a mouth guard. Frequent headaches or jaw pain can typically be attributed to nighttime teeth grinding.
5. Visit Your Dentist Regularly For Check-Ups
Your dentist can alert you to conditions that might predispose you to cracked teeth, such as having an uneven chewing surface or brittle teeth. Your dentist may also discover tiny cracks you aren’t aware of. These cracks can then be repaired before further damage or decay occurs.
If you already have a cracked tooth, never fear! Treatment is available for cracks small and large. Veneers, cosmetic dental bonding, inlays/onlays, fillings, and dental implants are all used to repair or replace damaged teeth.
If you live in Anchorage, Wasilla, Palmer, or Southern Alaska, and are seeking a friendly, experienced, and gentle dentist, please give us a call at (907) 349-0022 to schedule a consultation.