Chipped Or Broken Tooth
A chipped or broken tooth deserves immediate dental care. Negligence could lead to infection, pain, or loss of the tooth.
Watch out for common causes of chipping or braking a tooth. Too late? Find out how to care for it, and how to fix it.
What to avoid
Common causes of chipped or broken teeth are:
- Chewing ice, hard candy, nuts, popcorn kernels, and other hard foods
- Clenching or grinding teeth (bruxism)
- Practicing such contact sports as martial arts, wrestling, football, etc
- Using teeth as a tool to open bottles, packages; to break tape and tags
These careless causes are preventable. Thus chew carefully any hard foods, combat any bruxism with an appropriate device, wear a mouth guard during contact sports, and use teeth only for eating.
Less common and preventable are the following causes:
- natural wear
- large fillings
- extensive tooth decay
- previous root canal
These all compromise a tooth's strength, making it more prone to chips and breaks.