Of course, you probably already know that the world of dental care is vast, which means that if you end up with a chipped tooth, we can absolutely help you! When you visit our Lake Orion, MI practice, we provide the comprehensive care you require both to prevent problems and to treat problems, whether oral health related or cosmetic in nature! With that said, most patients enjoy avoiding damage, even if just a small chip. So, you may wonder: What can you do to stop this bit of tissue loss from occurring on your teeth? Fortunately, we have some very helpful advice!
Don’t Nibble Hard Food
It may be tempting to eat hard foods because they are often delicious! You may like to try to slowly soften and nibble them away with your front teeth. Or, you may snack on them with reckless abandon! Whatever the case, when food is very hard, whether nutritious or not, it can lead to chipped teeth. If you want to do your best to avoid this type of damage, then eat foods that crumble or break down very easily as you chew.
Don’t Use Teeth To Carry Or Open Things
Of course, as mentioned, we can fix a chipped tooth. However, in order to prevent this from happening, another important thing to remember is that you should avoid using your teeth as tools to help you either carry items or to help you open them. Your smile is not: An extra hand, a pair of scissors, a knife, etc.
Stop The Bruxism!
Untreated bruxism (grinding and clenching) will lead to chipped teeth over time. The easy way to avoid chips? Treat that bruxism with the treatment we offer!
Keep Teeth Very Healthy
Is it possible to chip a perfectly healthy tooth? Of course! However, when teeth are unhealthy, they are weak. When they’re weak, they are more likely to break, which means a chipped tooth becomes more likely, as well. So, how to keep your smile in the type of tip-top condition we hope our dental patients strive to achieve? Well, it’s easy. First, brush and floss as we instruct you to (it’s just twice-daily brushing and once-a-day flossing). Use toothpaste that contains fluoride, too. Come in to see our team for checkups and cleanings, as well, which we recommend happens twice each year. Try to avoid excess sugar and acidic foods and beverages (or, at the very least, drink water after doing so!).
Keep Your Smile Chip Free
Do your best to keep your smile free of uncomfortable, unsightly chips by keeping it safe and healthy with preventive dental care and suggestions. Need cosmetic care to fix damage? Come on in! To schedule a visit for in Lake Orion, MI, call Lake Orion Family Dentistry today at 248-693-6213.