Dental Tips Blog

Jul
18

Do You Have an Ice-Chewing Habit? Why You Need to Quit

Chewing ice. A lot of people do it, so what’s so wrong with the habit? Even if you’re not into crunching on an ice cube, you probably know someone who is.

The need to chew on ice stems from a few different possible reasons:

  • Dry mouth
  • Urge to snack while on a diet
  • Relieve stress or boredom
  • Medical condition that causes cravings for non-nutritional food

It’s even suggested that being iron-deficient could cause you to crave something like ice. But ice in itself has no nutritional value. In fact, it can be downright dangerous to your smile.

Ice-Chewing – Why So Bad?

Frozen water is a uniquely hard substance. So unique that some people are actually compelled to chew it.

The unfortunate part is that our teeth weren’t meant to handle such a tough item on a regular basis. Perhaps the occasional chomp on an ice cube from your drink won’t crack your teeth. But regular exposure to a hard substance will weaken enamel.

Over time, you could wear your enamel away and open up your teeth to a whole new host of problems such as a cavity, chipped tooth or cracked tooth.

Signs Ice-Chewing Is Harming Your Teeth

You might need to rein in an urge to chew ice if you notice:

  • Sensitivity
  • Yellow teeth
  • Worn areas around fillings
  • Broken or chipped restorations
  • Flattened chewing surfaces

All such signals indicate that your teeth’s protective enamel layer is quickly disappearing.

To get help kicking the ice-chewing habit, schedule a consultation with your dentist. He or she will help you find out if any biological factors could be playing into your urge to crunch on ice. You’ll also get an in-depth understanding into how the habit affects your smile.

Posted on behalf of:
Atlantic Dental Partners
729 Centre St
Jamaica Plain, MA 02130
(617) 390-8484

Dec
18

Why You Need to Restore That Fractured Tooth

For many folks, a chipped tooth just doesn’t bother them enough to worry about repairing it. It’s not sensitive, it doesn’t hurt, and they eventually even forget that it’s there.

It might seem like a fractured tooth isn’t such a big deal if it’s not uncomfortable. However, even a seemingly harmless broken tooth shouldn’t be ignored.

Here’s why:

A Little Fracture Goes a Long Way

For one thing, it’s important to realize that a small break or crack is still a breach of a tooth’s natural defense system. Over time, that fracture will continue to enlarge with the pressure of biting down. Ladies, think of it like a run in a pair of stockings.

Damage to Other Structures

Although you may feel that a fractured tooth isn’t bothering you, it could be causing more problems than you realize. The rough edges on a broken tooth can cause some serious injuries and irritation to the soft tissue of structures such as lips and tongue.

How Are You Eating?

Is an uneven tooth causing a hiccup in the works? If you have a tooth that gets in the way of comfortable chewing, then it’s going to be more likely than other teeth to collect bacteria.

What You Can Do

It’s a good idea to talk with your dentist about the possibility of crowning your tooth. A dental crown reinforces a tooth that has lost most of its enamel support. The crown will help your tooth bear the pressure of chewing and protect it from further damage.

Call your dentist today to schedule an evaluation to see if a dental crown is necessary.

Posted on behalf of:
Nautical Dental
16414 San Pedro Ave #200
San Antonio, TX 78232
(210) 499-0009

Mar
14

Persistent Tooth Pain: Cracked Teeth

Are you experiencing chronic toothaches? It might be Cracked Tooth Syndrome. Most commonly affecting the molars, this syndrome causes off-and-on pain when chewing, especially as pressure is relieved from your bite.  It may even be sensitive to hot or cold foods and temperatures. This discomfort results from a small crack in your tooth that’s challenging to spot, even on x-rays.

Treating Your Cracked Tooth

Depending on the severity of the crack, your dentist may recommend one of several treatment options for your tooth:

  • Crown Restoration – A moderate crack that affects the function or appearance of the tooth, but does not involve the root or go below the gumline, may be successfully treated with a crown. A crown can restore the natural appearance of your tooth and allow you to eat and speak as you did before. It prevents the crack from spreading further down the tooth.
  • Root Canal Therapy – A crack that extends into the root of the tooth can cause intense pain and introduce infection. In such a case, your dentist may recommend a root canal to treat your compromised tooth.
  • A Dental Implant – If the crack in your tooth extends underneath your gumline, the tooth is no longer treatable and will likely need to be removed by your dentist. To restore your smile, your dentist may recommend a dental implant. A dental implant is an “artificial tooth” made of titanium, upon which a new, custom-made tooth may be placed.

If you suspect you’re suffering from Cracked Tooth Syndrome, early detection is important to preserve as much of your natural tooth as possible. Call your dentist today to make an appointment.

Posted on behalf of:
Pacific Sky Dental
6433 Mission St
Daly City, CA 94014
(650) 353-3130

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