Enamel is the hard, outside covering that surrounds your tooth. In fact, it's one of the strongest substances in the human body. Of course, it still has its limits. When these limits are reached, the end result may be a cracked tooth. What are these limits though?
Food That may Chip Your Teeth
When you bite down on a hard piece of food you may chip your teeth. These foods include things like ice and hard candy. This will also happen if you use your teeth as tools or bite on non-food items like pen caps.
Injuries That may Chip Your Teeth
It's possible to fall and chip your tooth or get into a car accident that chips your tooth. Additionally, it's important to understand that playing contact sports can also result in an injury that would leave your tooth chipped. This is why you should always wear a mouthguard when playing things like football or wrestling.
Accidentally Chipping Your Tooth While Sleeping
When you are feeling really stressed you may accidentally grind your teeth while you're sleeping. This is something you may not even realize that you're doing. Fortunately, this is something we can notice if you're doing when you come into our office for a routine dental cleaning. Once we notice this, you can do something about it. It's as simple as wearing a mouthguard when you're sleeping so you won't chip anymore of your teeth.
Improperly Caring for Your Teeth
When you don't take good care of your oral hygiene by brushing twice a day and flossing at least once a day, your teeth will grow weak. This will make your teeth more likely to chip. The reason for this is that your teeth grow decayed and you'll start losing enamel.
When you accidentally crack your tooth, you'll want to call our office so we can help you with it as soon as possible.