We see a lot of patients with chipped teeth at our dental clinic. No matter how careful we are, chipped teeth sometimes happen anyway. Today’s blog from Parkcrest Dental Group explains the common causes of a chipped tooth.
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You’re enjoying your favorite food, and suddenly you feel something hard in your mouth as you’re chewing. You spit out the object and discover it’s a piece of one of your teeth! Chewing hard food, such as a hard candy, piece of ice, popcorn kernel, or chicken bone, can cause a chipped or cracked tooth. The caring staff at Parkcrest Dental can suggest treatment options for you.
A Sudden Blow to the Face
Do you love to play sports? We suggest wearing a mouthguard when you play intense, highly physical sports. Even non-contact sports, like soccer or basketball, can
cause a chipped tooth. That’s because you might take a sudden blow to the head or face. An elbow in basketball. Heading the ball in soccer. Tackling in football. Hitting the outfield wall in baseball or softball. Getting hit in the face with a spike in volleyball. All of these things might lead to a chipped tooth. Parkcrest Dental recommends wearing a mouthguard when you play sports to prevent chipped teeth.
An Accidental Fall
It’s icy outside, and you try to get your bearings as you move slowly down a sidewalk. You fall forward and don’t have time to put your hands out in front of you to cushion the fall. Your face hits the ground hard. You might also fall in your home due to a spill, the edge of a rug, or an object on the floor.
You may not know it, but you could have a weakened tooth. If you notice some slight tingling pain due to hot, cold, or sweet liquids, you might have sensitive teeth. You might not see it because weakened enamel could start from the gumline and work its way inside of your tooth. When you chew on some food and it hits your weakened tooth the wrong way, you may get a chipped tooth.
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Full-Service Dental Care by Parkcrest Dental Group
What’s the best way to prevent a chipped tooth? Being careful, playing safe, and regular oral hygiene! The staff at Parkcrest Dental Group wants you and your family to have the best dental care in Southwest Missouri. Contact Parkcrest Dental Group online or call (417) 887-1220 to make an appointment.