We brush our teeth twice a day with the best intentions of protecting them from tooth decay and cavities; however, did you know that many of your daily activities could be harmful to your smile? Your dentist in Cupertino explains.
Using your teeth like scissors or a bottle opener are some obvious bad habits that you are probably aware you should avoid. But even chewing things like ice and that last bit of hard candy you’ve been sucking on could be enough to cause a small fracture or chip to your tooth.
Then there are the food related accidents. Such as the rogue popcorn kernel that you bite just right to crack your tooth, or the odd angle you were chewing at that made your grind together just enough to chip one of them.
While these are mostly out of your control, you can still avoid the bottom of the bag popcorn, or remove it if you feel a hard piece in your mouth.
Trauma or Accidents
There are some accidents or trauma to your face that you’re just not going to be able to avoid, but for other situations you can take protective measures.
For example, wearing a mouth guard if you participate in sports. Did you know that sports related trauma accounts for nearly half of dental emergencies? Protect your teeth by investing in a customized mouth guard, which provides a better fit than a generic product found at your sporting goods store.
The Good News
If you’ve found yourself facing an unavoidable accident or trauma that has chipped or broken your tooth, you can rest at ease knowing that you have options. Your dentist in Cupertino has solutions that will restore function and aesthetics to your smile once again such as:
- Porcelain veneer
- Dental bonding
- Porcelain crowns
You may even be able to get away with smoothing your tooth if your chip is very minor.
The important thing to remember is to contact your dentist right away to figure out your options and avoid further damage to your tooth or surrounding teeth. Your smile will be back on track in no time!
About Alpine Dental Care
Dr. Dong Shen heads up the team at Alpine Dental Care. Patients enjoy high quality dentistry in a warm and caring environment that puts them at ease. Alpine Dental Care welcomes patients of all ages, and we would love to serve your family too!
If you would like to contact Dr. Shen, she can be reached by calling 408-996-8611 or through her website online.