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Causes and Risk Factors for a Chipped Tooth

Posted on 1/11/2021 by Tropic Dental
Causes and Risk Factors for a Chipped ToothYour teeth are the strongest bones in your body. However, they too have their limits. If they experience a forceful blow, they can chip. The result can be a jagged and unappealing looking tooth, which is also vulnerable to dental health issues.

Causes of a Chipped Tooth

There are several reasons why your teeth chip. Some of the most common causes we see at Tropic Dental are:

•  Chewing on a very hard substance like ice or pencil stubs.
•  Being hit in the mouth with a hard object like a ball when playing contact sports.
•  Falling hard on the ground or having a car accident.
•  Grinding your teeth

What are the Risk Factors for a Chipped Tooth

If you have weak teeth, they are more likely to get chips. Some things that can make your teeth vulnerable to chipping are:

•  Not exercising good oral hygiene, which can cause dental cavities that eat away your enamel.
•  Large fillings on your tooth also make it weaker.
•  Consuming a lot of starchy and acid-producing food can result in proliferation of bacteria that can weaken the enamel of your teeth.
•  Digestive conditions like acid reflux and nausea can bring up your stomach acids into your mouth, weakening the enamel.
•  Habits like tooth grinding or conditions like bruxism can also make your teeth weaker over time.
•  Tooth enamel also wears down with age. If you are over the age of 50, the chances of your teeth chipping are higher than when you were a youth.

A chipped tooth is a very common dental injury. In many cases, a chip may not be deep, may not result in pain, and may not be a dental emergency. However, it is wise to consult Dr. Nikola Goranov and at Tropic Dental if you noticed a chipped tooth to limit further damage to your tooth.

Depending on the severity of the chipping, we may recommend bonding, veneers or other dental treatment for your tooth. To schedule an appointment with us, call us at (239) 226-0023 today.

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