One of the things you’re probably not super interested in ending up with in life when it comes to your smile? Chipped teeth, of course! However, what you may not realize is that it’s actually easier to end up chipping your teeth than you may think (and often by simply taking part in daily activities or habits to which you never really gave a second thought). Interested in some of our Columbia, TN team’s advice on the topic, so you can do your best to keep that otherwise lovely grin in excellent shape? We thought so!
#1: Address TMJ Concerns Immediately
We don’t always know why TMJ disorder (TMD) occurs. However, what we do know is that this dysfunction of your jaw joints is often related to something called bruxism. It’s what happens when you are grinding or clenching your teeth as a serious and involuntary habit. In addition to the fact that this can cause or contribute to TMD, it can also lead to chipped teeth, as well as worn, and damaged teeth. The priority in this case, of course, is to receive treatment as soon as possible to keep all involved tissues safe.
#2: Watch That Mindless Chewing!
Mindless chewing is a habit that many people participate in and fail to realize can cause serious harm. When you chew on pens, when you chew on the spoon you’re using, when you nibble on a paperclip, the edge of your mug, your fingernails, (feel free to insert any other hard object here), you’re placing ongoing pressure against the edges of your teeth. This will likely lead to chips. You don’t want chipped teeth, even though you can fix them with dental bonding. So, just remember that when you reach for something to nibble on, it’s best to train yourself to put that object down and to kick the habit, ASAP.
#3: Wear That Athletic Mouthguard
We have mentioned athletic mouthguards before and we like to keep them fresh in your mind! Remember that when you’re solo and you’re working out, when you’re playing on a team, or when you’re doing anything active, in addition to the fact that you could end up with an oral injury, you can just as easily end up with something less severe, such as chipped teeth. Rather than allow your teeth to come into strong contact with each other, cushion them with a mouthguard! It will offer you exceptional preventive support with such ease!
Avoid Chipped Teeth With Our Help
Come to us if you require care for chipped teeth, which we can easily treat with cosmetic care. Take our suggestions seriously, as well, in terms of preventing chips, as keeping teeth safe is easier than you might think! To learn more, or to schedule an appointment, call Creekside Family Dental Care in Columbia, TN, today at (931) 388–3384.