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Why Do Some Teeth Tend to Chip?


Posted on 7/26/2021 by Dr. James A. Krippaehne
Why Do Some Teeth Tend to Chip?Some people will never experience a chipped tooth. Others may find that their teeth chip regularly. Regardless of what category you identify with the best, chipping a tooth can be prevented in some circumstances.

Predictable Causes of Chipped Teeth


If you play contact sports, which involve regular collisions or people running in close proximity to each other, the chance that you may chip a tooth is higher. The good news is a mouthguard can help to decrease the frequency of chipped teeth while playing contact sports. We can help you identify a good mouthguard and make sure it fits your mouth properly.

If you are commonly in stressful situations you may be at risk for a chipped tooth. Clenching your teeth due to stress may cause your tooth to crack or chip. Similarly, if you have a bad bite and you clench your teeth through your misalignment, you have a potential to crack or chip your teeth.

If your tooth enamel is getting thin, it may be vulnerable to chipping. Genetics can also play a role in the thickness of your enamel. The food you eat, or the beverages you consume, can also be a cause of eroding enamel. Choose to eat and drink that nourishes your body and protects your teeth.

Lastly, if you use your teeth for functions which they were not designed for, you may chip your teeth. Do not open bottles or packages with your teeth. This does not save time as you will have to deal with the consequences later. Do not chew on nonfood objects. Use your teeth wisely.

If you suspect you have a chipped tooth or have been in a car accident or traumatic event where you bit down hard, come see us so we can take a look and decide the appropriate treatment option for you. Chipping a tooth can be an inconvenience, but we are here to help you.
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