Here in Anchorage, we have been only slightly impacted by the pandemic. Alaska has one of the lowest case totals in the country, with just under 6400 cases, and less than 50 total deaths.
However, slightly impacted is not the same as unimpacted. And many people in our community are experiencing some of the secondary effects of the pandemic, including stress. And, unfortunately, whenever there is stress, there are also cracked teeth.
If you have a cracked tooth, it’s important to get treatment. However, it’s better to cut down the risk before you experience a cracked tooth. Here’s how you can avoid cracked teeth related to stress and other causes.
Make Sure Your Teeth Are Strong
First and most importantly, keeping your teeth strong is a great way to keep them from cracking. You can keep your teeth strong by avoiding acidic foods and beverages, which weaken teeth. When you do consume these foods, rinse your teeth with water. However, don’t brush, since your enamel is soft at this point.
Another thing that can weaken your teeth is the acid released by oral bacteria. Oral bacteria feed on sugars and other carbohydrates in your mouth, so try to cut down on sweet, starchy snacks. You can also rinse after eating these snacks to clean your teeth.
Make sure you’re getting enough of the nutrition your teeth need to stay strong. Daily brushing, flossing, and regular professional cleanings also help keep your teeth strong.
Make Sure Your Teeth Are Balanced
For the most part, our teeth are designed to handle the extreme stresses produced by our muscles during biting and chewing. They do this in part through sharing the load evenly between the teeth.
However, for many people, an unbalanced bite can put excessive strain on some teeth. This makes them more susceptible to wear and cracking.
You might be able to tell if you have an unbalanced bite if you notice one or a few teeth tend to be sore after eating. Or you might notice the soreness and pressure on them when you wake up in the morning. Sometimes headache, neck pain, jaw pain, and other TMJ symptoms are a good sign that something’s off in your bite.
Reduce Your Stress
Once you’ve minimized the risk for your teeth, you should try to reduce the stress that might lead to clenched teeth, which then leads to cracking. There are many potential relaxation techniques that can help you overcome your stress.
Try several different techniques. If you find that you still can’t relax, consider getting professional help.
Protect Your Teeth
If you find that you’re still clenching and grinding your teeth, either at day or overnight, you need to take steps to protect them from damage. We can help protect your teeth with a mouthguard.
A mouthguard can cushion your teeth from the pressures of clenching and grinding.
Often, we also use a mouthguard to help treat your TMJ, and it can perform both tasks simultaneously.
Avoid or Treat Cracked Teeth in Anchorage
If you have experienced a cracked tooth, we can repair it. A tooth repaired with a dental crown will look and function just like an undamaged tooth.
However, we can also help you avoid a cracked tooth. For help protecting or repairing your teeth, please call (907) 349-0022 today for an appointment with Anchorage restorative dentist Dr. Kendall at Excellence in Dentistry.