You may think of chipping a tooth as an accident associated with a sports injury or bad fall. The truth is, there are several other surprising culprits when it comes to tooth damage. In fact, there are certain everyday habits that can contribute to chipped teeth.
While your teeth are stronger than any other component in your body, they can still break or chip under excessive forces. In most cases, chipped tooth repair is simple, especially if it involves a small portion of the tooth or just the outer enamel. If the break impacts the tooth center or compromises the stability of the tooth, more substantial treatment options may be recommended.
Composite bonding is the easiest and most effective solution for minor tooth chips. While the procedure is cost-effective and painless, it is always best to avoid tooth damage in the first place. Beyond an injury in contact sports, here are some other causes of chipped teeth to be aware of:
Getting a piercing within the mouth can lead to several dental complications. Not only are you at greater risk for infection, but the hard metal near your teeth is a major hazard for your smile. Whether habitually or on accident, biting down on a tongue piercing can cause cracks, fractures and chips within your teeth. According to research published in the Journal of Periodontology, 47 percent of people who wear tongue jewelry for at least four years have experienced chipped teeth.
In some patients, a chipped tooth is visible evidence that they are stressed out. This involves those who tend to grind or clench their teeth when they are anxious or stressed. Some patients may suffer from nighttime bruxism, in which they grind their teeth while they sleep, gradually weakening their teeth until it chips.
Malocclusion, or crooked teeth, is a leading culprit for chipped teeth. An improper bite puts excessive pressures on certain teeth that aren’t equipped to handle the force. Braces or other alignment therapy can straighten your teeth and protect you from tooth damage.
Are you a nail biter? If so, you’ve probably battled the habit for years. Unfortunately, this can cause accelerated damage to your “nail biting teeth” over time. Even if your nails are thin, you are creating microscopic damage on your teeth that can eventually accumulate enough to cause a tooth break or chip.
Like nail biting, if you have a habit of chomping ice after you finish your beverage, you are putting your smile at significant risk for damage. Ice should be considered like hard candy; it is not meant to be chewed by your teeth. If you simply must chew, try sugarless gum instead.
If you have a chipped tooth, turn to Dr. Gilreath at Gilreath Family Dentistry for repair. Never ignore tooth damage, as it can lead to worsening and painful problems within the health of the tooth. Furthermore, chipped teeth can cause issues with speech and chewing as well as sores within the mouth.
Posted on behalf of Dr. Paul Gilreath IV,