Tooth cracks are a common occurrence. We see them almost every day. There are five different classifications of tooth cracks from minor cosmetic hairline cracks to major vertical separations.
The most common tooth crack is a superficial crack. This type of crack has vertical lines that appear in the enamel of the tooth. This type of cracked tooth is mainly a cosmetic concern and they don't usually worsen. Many times they don't even require treatment. If you don't have any tenderness or sensitivity around the tooth, you most likely have a superficial crack. These are common as people get older.
How Can I Avoid My Teeth Cracking?
Avoiding cracked teeth is a common concern. Having a good oral hygiene routine is the best thing you can do to avoid cracks in your teeth. Most importantly, brush your teeth with fluoride toothpaste at least twice a day. Floss your teeth before bed. Additionally, it is important to eat a good diet, which includes fruits and vegetables, while limiting your sugar intake. These habits of oral hygiene can help you to avoid cracks in your teeth.
Another way to avoid cracks in your teeth is to make sure you have proper alignment of your upper and lower jaw. This is something we can easily assess in your routine dental checkups. If you have misalignment of the upper or lower jaw you could be putting concentrated pressure on a tooth or several teeth, which may cause a crack to form on your tooth.
Some people use their teeth in unnecessary ways. To avoid cracking your teeth, do not use your teeth to open packages or bite objects. Similarly, don't chew on ice or unpopped popcorn kernels. Try not to clench or grind your teeth.
Stop by Today
Stop by our office or give us a call to schedule your routine checkup. If you think you have a cracked tooth, don't wait to come in. It is important to assess a cracked tooth and treat it right away.
Dental Blog • Menasha, WI • Mid Valley Dental, S.C. Michael J. Wockenfus, DDS created a blog to educate the community. It is your resource for all dentistry questions. Learn and read topics in the blog here! Mid Valley Dental, SC, 903 E. Airport Road, Menasha, WI 54952 | (920) 215-4160 | midvalleydental.com | 12/4/2023