broken toothDo you have a chipped tooth? Or teeth? It can be embarrassing and uncomfortable to have a chipped tooth, but most people experience this problem during their lifetime, especially as they grow older. If you don’t know what causes tooth chipping, we will explain that – and how to avoid it – in this blog. 

What Causes Teeth Chipping?

For some people chipping a tooth isn’t a rare occurrence. They experience it regularly due to oral health habits, diet, and general health. The underlying condition of the tooth makes a difference, and so does anything that comes into contact with the tooth. 

The health of your teeth depends on the nutrients in your diet. If you are not getting enough calcium and fluoride, your teeth will not be as strong and able to withstand the pressure from biting and chewing as well as the acid present in your mouth from food, drinks, and bacteria. Adding more dairy to your diet and brushing with a toothpaste that contains fluoride will both help strengthen your teeth and protect them from chipping. 

If you have acid reflux, that can also do damage to your teeth that will cause them to be more susceptible to all kinds of injury, including chipping. 

In addition to the overall health of your teeth, there are also dental problems that contribute: 

Grinding your teethTooth grinding, or bruxism, is a habit many people have that they are unaware of. Some people grind their teeth when they are stressed. Often people grind their teeth at night. Either way, this can lead to teeth chipping or even broken teeth. The pressure over time will erode the enamel which makes them more susceptible to chipping. Chipped teeth are frequently a sign of teeth grinding. The best solution for this problem is to get a mouth guard and wear it regularly. This will reduce the pressure put on your individual teeth. 

Aggressive chewing – Chewing on hard things like ice or nuts or even your fingernails can be very damaging to your teeth. Chipped teeth and broken teeth are both real possibilities, even though tooth enamel is itself a very durable substance. If you have a habit of chewing on hard things, now is the time to break it. 

Mouth trauma – if you sustain a blow to your mouth or another type of injury, that can also cause teeth chipping. Some accidents are unavoidable. You can’t predict a car accident or a spill down the stairs. Others can be mitigated by taking precautions such as wearing a mouthguard if you play sports. 

Bite problems – If your lower and upper teeth do not align properly, that can affect the force that some teeth are exposed to during biting and chewing. Bite problems can be the result of tooth injury or loss or certain types of treatments, like orthodontic treatment. If you experience tooth loss or injury, see a dentist about your options right away so that you won’t experience more complex dental problems down the road. 

As with all dental health issues, it’s always wise to talk to your dentist if you have a concern. With teeth chipping, your dentist can recommend strategies or products that can help protect your teeth and your smile as a whole. We are here to help.