A chipped tooth can be painful, embarrassing, and put you at a higher risk for further damage to your tooth. When your tooth is chipped you will need to repair it and your dentist in Jonesboro, AR may suggest treatment ranging from cosmetic bonding to porcelain veneers or crowns depending on the severity of your chipping. Not only is a chipped tooth uncomfortable, it's also costly! There are however, some things you can do to prevent your teeth from chipping. Here are a few ideas.
Wear a Night Guard
Did you know that you may be clenching and grinding your teeth at night and not even realize it? Otherwise known as bruxism, clenching and grinding can cause wear and chipping to your teeth, and most patients aren't even aware that they're doing it. Your dentist can make you a night guard to wear that will help protect your teeth from bruxism at night.
Wear an Athletic Guard
If you or your child participates in sports, wearing a mouth guard is very important to protect your teeth from damage or injury. Did you know that sports injuries account for around 40% of dental emergencies. You can pick up mouth guards at your local sporting goods store, however these may not always provide the best fit or protection. Talk to your dentist about what type of guard is right for your needs and they can customize one for you that will protect you without impeding your game.
Eat Healthy Foods
We're all aware that eating fruits and vegetables is healthy for our bodies, but did you know that it's also good for your oral health? Fruits and veggies actually neutralize the acids in your mouth when you eat them, and they also increase saliva flow, which helps to wash away the food debris that causes plaque. Eating healthy foods helps to keep your enamel strong, which keeps tooth decay at bay.
Limiting sugary or acidic beverages such as coffee, soda, or wine will also help protect your enamel. The sugar and acid in these drinks will begin to erode your enamel, which puts you at an increased risk for tooth decay.
At Dental Solutions in Jonesboro, AR we want to be your partners in achieving and maintaining optimum oral health for a lifetime. With regular visits to our office for cleanings and check ups, you can prevent many oral issues from happening in the first place. Contact our office today to schedule your next appointment.