Having your natural teeth is such a blessing with today’s modern lifestyle. Oral care has become one of the most important elements to anyone’s daily routine with more and more people focusing on their oral health than ever before.
The last thing you want to do is crack your tooth, whether it’s your own natural tooth or it’s a crown. Cracking a tooth can cause severe discomfort and pain. The problem comes in once you have had a root canal, which removes the roots and nerves in the dental pulp, according to leading dentist and specialist oral surgeon, Dr Tariq Drabu.
When you ignore a cracked tooth it can lead to an ulcer, infection and even gum disease, if it is ignored long enough. Avoiding the crack in the first place is the safest and cheapest option moving forward.
The first thing to bear in mind is to never chew on ice. Unfortunately this is one of the most common and leading problems that result in cracked teeth. It is so tempting to get a drink with ice in it and chew down on the ice, crunching as you go. The problem is that chewing on ice can cause your teeth to crack and chip moving forward.
Another common cause of cracked teeth is hard sweets, according to Dr Drabu. In addition to hard sweets causing teeth to chip and crack, they are also sugar. Sugar is one of the leading causes for tooth decay this century. Dentists around the world have been working hard to reduce the number of people adding sugar to their diet on a daily basis.
Popcorn is a stable at any movie theatre, but is also one of the most dangerous things for your teeth. Un-popped popcorn can cause havoc for your teeth, causing them to chip and crack. Always watch out at the bottom of the box for the un-popped kernels and don’t be tempted to eat them.
Teeth are not General use Tools
Teeth are important tools which you use each and every day. Teeth are used in eating and chewing, but they are not general tools. You should not use your teeth to open a bag or a bottle, this can have devastating consequences and leave you with cracked teeth and a heavy dental bill to repair.