Chipped and broken teeth, depending on the extent of the damage, can sometimes be a difficult fix. Obviously, the best measure to take against chipped teeth is a preventative one. There are many things you can do to lessen the chance of chipping a tooth.
Here are a few guidelines:
1. Don’t chew on ice.
2. Suck on hard candies; don’t bite them.
3. Always wear a mouth guard when playing contact sports. Now, even a lot of basketball players and soccer players wear them.
4. Don’t get in any fights. If you do, try to avoid getting punched in the mouth.
5. Don’t try and run too fast up or down the stairs. You’d be surprised how many people chip their teeth while falling up or down the stairs.
6. Keep your teeth healthy. Cavities can weaken teeth and make them more susceptible to breaking.
If you do accidentally chip a tooth, you should:
1. Rinse your mouth out with warm water.
2. Stop any bleeding by gently applying pressure.
3. Apply ice to reduce swelling.
4. Call your dentist and assess the problem. Let them know what happened and let them tell you if you need an emergency appointment (like if the bleeding won’t stop or there is nerve damage) or if it is something that can wait until you have time to make an appointment.
Chipping a tooth is never fun. A chipped tooth can be minor and an easy fix, but sometimes it can become a problem and require a lot of work. This article goes over all of the different ways that dentists will treat a chipped tooth depending on the severity.
Take care of your teeth and next time you want to run down the stairs… tell yourself to slow down! You don’t want to chip a tooth!