While not all tooth injuries can be prevented, some of them can. Here are a few things you can do to help keep your teeth safe from a wide array of injuries.
Don't Chew on Objects
If it isn't supposed to go in your mouth, you probably shouldn't chew on it. Pencils are a great example. Their splinters can do a lot of damage to your teeth and gums, and should never be chewed on.
Avoid Chewing on Ice, Too
Even though ice is supposed to go in your mouth, at least sometimes, chewing on it is dangerous. When it breaks, it's sharp. Don't bite or chew on ice, just let it melt or let it keep your drinks cold.
Wear Mouth Guards When Playing Contact Sports
Any type of sport that requires you to make contact with the object of the game or another person, should require you to wear a mouth guard. Even if is not required, you should do it anyway to protect your teeth.
Don't Eat Sticky Sweets
Your teeth can get injured by items that you eat, too. If you eat chewy and sticky treats, you are letting sugar get stuck to your teeth. This can cause decay, and even cause fillings to be pulled out of the teeth while you chew. Avoid these types of sweets, and opt for ones that are less tacky.
If you want to keep your teeth healthy and right in your head where they belong, make sure you visit your dentist regularly, too. They should see you at least every six months, just to make sure everything looks good.
Please contact our office if you have any questions about your oral health.