Chipped tooth enamel and dental fractures can be more than a nuisance. Indeed, these dental problems can cause increased sensitivity and pain, as well as limit your overall oral function. Even if you don’t experience any immediate discomfort the fractured tooth enamel could attract bacterial deposits capable of fostering a severe cavity.
Fortunately, there are a few simple things you can do to reduce your chances of suffering chipped teeth, dental fractures, and other forms of dental trauma.
If you regularly participate in contact sports or rigorous athletic activities it is necessary to use a protective mouth guard the appropriate times. If you’re uncomfortable with the mouth guards sold in sporting goods stores, the oral care specialists at Dr. Paul Lee might be able to fit you for a comfortable custom mouth guard.
Chronic night grinding while sleeping can also cause damage to the tooth enamel layer of multiple teeth. At the same time, it could also contribute to TMJ disorder tissues with the temporomandibular joints that hinge your jaw. A problem like this can often be addressed by sleeping with a dental guard in your mouth.
It’s also a good idea to make a conscious effort to curb bad oral habits like crunching on ice, biting your nails, chewing on desktop items, and using our teeth to open packages.
If you live in the Fairfax, Virginia area and you have further questions about how to reduce your chances of suffering dental trauma you can always call 703-352-9600 to speak to Dr. Paul Lee or a member of his staff.