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Common Foods That Can Chip Your Teeth

June 29, 2022

Filed under: Uncategorized — Tags: — drSekhon @ 6:25 pm

Woman in pain at emergency dentistThe inner layers of your teeth are protected by the hardest substance in your body. Your enamel is the hard outer layer you see in the mirror. Although it is incredibly strong, it isn’t indestructible. The foods you eat can damage the defense system, leading to a dental emergency. While you may not believe it can happen to you, 1 in 6 Americans requires an emergency dentist annually. You can avoid an unplanned trip to the dentist and safeguard your smile by skipping the most common foods that can chip teeth.

Top Tooth Busting Foods

Accidents can happen to anyone; however, certain foods can increase your risk of a serious problem. Biting or chewing hard foods can damage teeth, especially if you have any untreated dental issues, like decay or a hairline fracture. The pressure can cause your tooth to break or split unexpectedly. Routine dental care can detect concerns while they are small to prevent them from turning into painful dental emergencies. Whether you visit your dentist regularly or it has been a while since your last appointment, it is best to limit how often you eat the most common culprits behind chipped teeth, including:

  • Popcorn
  • Nuts
  • Meat on bones
  • Hard candy
  • Ice
  • Fruits with pits
  • Nutritional bars
  • Hard bread
  • Corn on the cob
  • Jerky

Handling a Chipped Tooth

A tooth can break even if you eliminate hard foods from your diet. If the unexpected should happen, it’s important to act fast to save your tooth. Even if you aren’t in any pain or the chip doesn’t appear significant, don’t wait to see a dentist. Your enamel can’t regenerate and your tooth will be vulnerable to additional damage. A minor break can quickly turn into a big problem because your tooth’s strength will be compromised. Not to mention, bacteria will have access to the underlying layers of your tooth, which can result in a painful infection. 

You can prevent losing your tooth and additional dental bills by following a few tips until you see your dentist:

  1. Assess the Damage: Rinse your mouth with water to remove any blood, food particles, or debris to get a better look at your tooth to assess the damage. 
  2. Call Your Dentist: Contact your emergency dentist to explain the situation. They’ll get you into the office quickly to repair your tooth.
  3. Manage Any Discomfort: Take an OTC pain reliever to control any discomfort until your appointment. A cold compress can numb the area temporarily.
  4. Keep Your Mouth Clean: Besides brushing and flossing, a salt water rinse will keep your mouth clean while reducing pain and inflammation.
  5.  Be Careful When Eating: Chew on the opposite side of your mouth.

Your dentist will address your pain and create a personalized plan to repair the damage. Don’t wait until it’s too late to save your tooth.

About Dr. Ajaipal Sekhon

Dr. Sekhon earned his dental degree at the University of Western Ontario and regularly continues his education to provide advanced services, like emergency dentistry. He can treat the most complex oral health issues. Contact our office today if you need immediate dental care.

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