Dealing With A Chipped Tooth

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Chipping a tooth can not only affect the way you look, but it can also lead to tooth sensitivity and even pain. Plus, having a chip in one of your teeth means it's now lacking that protective coating that helps prevent the development of cavities. This article will provide you with tips on preventing chipped teeth, dealing with a chipped tooth if it does happen and some of the treatment options available.

Some ways to prevent a chipped tooth

There are many things you can be doing each day that can increase your chances of chipping your teeth. By learning what these things are, and avoiding them from this point forward, you will significantly decrease your chances of chipping your teeth.

Don't use your teeth for anything other than eating: Many people have a bad habit of using their teeth for things they aren't intended for. Opening packages is a good example of this. Your teeth are designed for biting and chewing food, nothing else.

Don't chew ice: Ice is a hard substance that is capable of chipping your teeth if you happen to bite down on it the wrong way.

Don't get a tongue piercing: Tongue jewelry will tap against your teeth and increase your chances of chipping them. Also, the ball on the end of the jewelry can get caught between your teeth while you chew and this can even lead to a bad break of your teeth.

What to do if you chip a tooth

If you do end up chipping a tooth, you should take an over-the-counter pain reliever right away. This will help with any pain you are experiencing and help to decrease the chances of tooth sensitivity setting in.

Stay away from drinking or eating very hot or cold things until you are able to get in to see the dentist. Things of extreme temperatures will cause you a lot of discomfort.

You also want to take extra good care of your teeth and keep your mouth as clean as possible. Since you are at an increased risk of cavities, you should brush, floss and use mouthwash more often than normal to decrease the chances of a problem. 

Treatment options available for a chipped tooth

The treatment options for a chipped tooth can include a filling, or a crown if the chip is a big one. In some cases, a porcelain veneer can also be used to repair a chipped tooth.

By learning how to avoid a chipped tooth and what to do if it happens, you will be in a better position to preserve the health of your mouth.

Contact a local dentist, such as one from Barrhaven Robinson Dental Care, for further assistance.

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Baby Tooth as an Adult? You Are Not Alone

It was my secret for a long time, but I am finally sharing it -- I was an adult who still had a baby tooth. My dentist told me it shifted when my adult teeth came in instead of falling out. He also said I should have it pulled before it started causing dental problems, but I decided to keep it for a while. One day, during a dental check-up, my dentist found a cavity on the tooth next to it. He told me it was time to have it extracted, as it was close to the other tooth and making it hard for me to clean it. I had it taken out, and I don't miss it. I created this blog to tell other people with baby teeth as adults that they are not alone. Also, they can cause problems, so have them pulled if your dentist suggests it.