Cracked teeth can be painful, unattractive, and pricey to repair. In this post from The Dental Design Center in White Plains, we offer tips to keep your teeth whole and strong.
Don’t chew on hard substances. Steer clear of ice, hard candies, hard nuts, popcorn (the kernels can do damage), and even beef jerky. Also be wary of pitted fruits—that peach may be soft, but if you bite hard into the stone you could damage a tooth.
Always wear a mouthguard when playing sports. If you enjoy pick-up basketball games, indoor soccer leagues, rec center flag football, and many other activities, you should be using a well-fitting mouth protector.
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 instead of your teeth. Use a nutcracker for nuts. A quality dental crown can cost hundreds of dollars.
Don’t grind your teeth. If you know or suspect that you are a tooth grinder, ask us about a nighttime mouth guard. People often do it in their sleep and aren’t aware of it. Frequent headaches or jaw pain can be a symptom of teeth grinding.
Visit us for regular check-ups. We can alert you to conditions that might predispose you to cracked teeth, such as having an uneven chewing surface or brittle teeth. We may also discover tiny cracks you aren’t aware of. Take care of these cracks before the whole tooth is in danger.
At The Dental Design Center in White Plains we promote strong teeth and gums and good dental health in all our patients. People from Scarsdale, Westchester County, and New Castle come to us for general and restorative dentistry, and much more. Call for an appointment today!
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