THE HEALTHY ENAMEL THAT COVERS YOUR TEETH is the hardest substance in your body… It’s even harder than your bones! That’s great news when you consider the amount of pressure our jaw muscles exert on our teeth.
However, your teeth can still be cracked and chipped. Here are four “don’ts” for avoiding a cracked tooth.
Keep in mind that these tips are good for while you’re wearing braces, AND when you’re all finished with treatment. We want your beautiful, healthy smile to last a lifetime!
#1: Don’t Chew On Ice
High powered blenders have special blades and settings for crushing ice. So imagine what chewing on ice can do to your teeth! Some people do it out of habit—and others do it when they’re nervous or bored. Just stop! It can chip or crack teeth.
#2: Don’t Chew Hard Sweets
Hard candy isn’t good for your oral health anyway. Besides the high sugar content, and the long periods of time the sugar sits on your teeth, hard candy can also crack your teeth. Jawbreakers, suckers, and frozen candy bars are common culprits. If you enjoy these occasionally, consider licking them instead to avoid damage.
#3: Don’t Bite Down On Unpopped Popcorn Kernels
We know that they’re difficult to avoid! When you’re enthralled in a movie, the last thing on your mind is the popcorn you’re enjoying. Just try to be aware of those pesky unpopped kernels!
#4: Don’t Use Teeth As Tools
They’re not bottle openers. They’re not scissors. They’re not pliers. You get the idea.
Contact Us Immediately If You Crack A Tooth
Together, we’ll figure out the best course of action.
Thanks for the trust you place in us. We appreciate having you as our valued patient!
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