Even though tooth enamel is the hardest substance in our bodies, we often see some unfortunate souls who suffer from chipped, cracked, or broken teeth. Generally, it takes a sizeable amount of tooth trauma to chip, crack, or break our teeth, but there are also situations where someone was hit a certain way with just the right amount of force that results in severely damaged teeth.
Below are some of the most common causes of chipped or cracked teeth. At NYC Endodontics we believe just as much in preventive dentistry as we believe in providing comprehensive care in the event our patients experience a damaged tooth.
It’s true for tongue and mouth piercings in particular. Those hip piercings you’re thinking about getting can do a number on your tooth enamel. Think about it, having a hard metal object hit and rub against your teeth isn’t good for your grill.
2. Chewing on Hard Foods
This especially counts for ice and any sort of hard candy, especially jawbreakers! When you chew on ice and other extremely hard foods, you’re putting a tremendous amount of pressure on your teeth.
3. Using Your Teeth as a Bottle Opener
Please, just stop doing this, people! Your teeth were not made to open beer and soda bottles. What might start out as a fun party trick that gets you attention could end up getting you the wrong sort of attention — there have been many social media videos of people breaking their teeth doing reckless acts, even as seemingly innocuous as opening a bottle top with their teeth.
4. Sports and Extreme Activities
Basketball, combat sports, snowboarding, skateboarding — what do they all have in common? They’re risky for your teeth. Make sure you always wear a mouthguard while engaging in sports and activities that come with a risk for your teeth. Some of them require it!
5. Having a Misaligned Bite
If your bite is misaligned, this means that some of your teeth will be subject to far more force than others. The importance having having a good bite is not only aesthetic, it’s also functional.
If you experience a chipped, cracked, or broken tooth, please contact NYC Endodontics immediately. We have a long track record of repairing damaged teeth through root canals and additional procedures. Now serving the Queens, Brooklyn, and Manhattan areas!