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What if you suspect that you have Cracked Tooth

What if you suspect that you have Cracked Tooth

The best treatment for a suspected cracked tooth is to have it checked by your dentist as soon as possible. Following are some of the signs which can help to detect cracked tooth.

Signs of a cracked tooth:

  • Sharp pain on biting, (especially on release or opening) that quickly disappears.
  • Usually on a molar or premolar (back teeth)
  • Spontaneous pain
  • Pain while eating or drinking
  • Extreme sensitivity to hot and cold food or drinks
  • Some cracks may be asymptomatic
  • A cracked tooth may not be visible to the eye or on an x-ray.

Causes of a Cracked Tooth:

  • You can cause a tooth to crack by chewing on foods such as ice, nuts, or hard candy.
  • A blow to the mouth may cause a tooth to crack.
  • Clenching and grinding your teeth often causes teeth to crack.
  • Brittle teeth that have had a root canal may crack easily.
  • Loss of tooth structure through wear, large fillings, or other restorations may cause a tooth to crack. This is especially true for older amalgam (silver) fillings, as they have a tendency to expand and shrink over time, resulting in flexure of the remaining tooth structure which cracks.
  • Uneven chewing pressure from missing teeth or imperfections in the way teeth bite together. For e.g. High fillings or malaligned teeth.

Treatment for a Cracked Tooth

Treatment for a cracked tooth depends on the size and location of the crack and your symptoms. These include:

  • Sometimes no treatment is recommended if the crack is small and not causing the patient any pain.
  • Reducing the height of the tooth or filling slightly or placing a metal band around the tooth if diagnosis is uncertain.
  • Repairing the tooth with a filling material and reducing the height of the remaining tooth to protect it. Placing a crown, or onlay on the tooth to protect the tooth from further damage
  • Root canal treatment if the nerves and pulp are involved.
  • Extraction of the tooth if the crack is severe and the tooth cannot be saved.

The best treatment is to have a suspected cracked tooth checked by your dentist as early as possible.

Top Ten Teeth Tips

Top Ten Teeth Tips

The only way to have a great smile is proper oral hygiene with good dietary habits. Here’s some tips to help you keep or get that beautiful bright smile.

  1. Avoid Staining Your Teeth
    Want pearly whites? Avoid any dark food or drink items which are prone to stain and darken your teeth. Excessive intake of dark food and drink items such as wines, coffee and tea scan cause staining of teeth. Red wines produce tooth-discolouring pigments. Reds and white wines both contain acid, which can erode enamel and can cause stains from other foods or drinks to penetrate more deeply. Other thing is there is dryness of the mouth due to tannins present in red wine. Smoking is another main culprit.
  2. Limit Sugar in Food
    Be careful of the sugars that are hidden in foods. Try to switch out sugary foods and drinks for fruits and water. It’s no secret sugar is the cause for cavities. According to Colgate.com, each time you consume foods and drinks that contain sugars or starches, the bacteria in plaque produce acids that attack your teeth for 20 minutes or more. That’s more of a reason to ease up on the sugar is you ask me.
  3. Floss
    It is recommended that you floss once a day. Food and plaque can be found between our teeth in those hard to reach spaces that our toothbrush just can’t quite get to. Flossing prevents that leftover junk from staying embedded between the teeth and hardening into tartar or calculus. It doesn’t matter whether you floss before or after your meal, just do it.
  4. Learn to Brush the Right Way
    It should normally takes 2 minutes to brush each time. You should be holding the brush at a 45 degree angle while brushing lightly against your teeth and gums. Pressing down too hard could damage the outer shell of the teeth, also known as enamel. Use a soft toothbrush and brush twice a day especially after meals. Don’t neglect the back teeth and tongue.
  5. Replace Your ToothBrush
    Change your toothbrush every four months. Old bristle could be hard and can cause damage to teeth and gums.
  6. Prevent Teeth Injuries
    Ever use your teeth to open that stubborn package? Well stop! You are at risk for chipping or breaking your teeth. No more opening bottles, chewing ice, or anything of that nature. Your teeth should be just for chewing food. Avoid hard or frozen candy or foods. Also, when participating in sports, wear a mouth guard to protect against trauma to your teeth.
  7. See your dentist
    Many people fail to see a dentist each year. Most dental diseases can be prevented with regular hygiene appointments and good hygiene practices at home. The earlier any problem is detected the better. Some other reasons to visit your dentist include sensitive teeth to cold or hot temperatures, persistent bad breath, or spots or sores in your mouth that never seem to heal or go away. However, just going regularly is best because some symptoms aren’t as obvious. Dentist visits should occur at least twice a year.
  8. Use Mouthwash
    Although not necessary, some mouthwashes can kill or reduce the bacteria in your mouth. Mouthwash also helps to freshen breath.
  9. Watch your diet
    Proper nutrition helps keep your teeth and gums healthy. The nutrients and minerals in your diet help can help you fight or resist infections.  Eating more fibrous food like vegetables and fruit is helpful and is best to avoid sugars. In drinks water is the best drink.
  10. Limit Alcohol
    Drinking alcohol can lead to a reduction of saliva production by drying out the mouth. Saliva plays an important part in oral hygiene health as it is responsible for bathing the teeth and removing some plaque and bacteria that have accumulated on the surface of the teeth. The less plaque you have the less risk of any bacteria causing teeth decay. Just try to keep water on hand and rinse every so often.
Top foods that can be damaging for your teeth

Top foods that can be damaging for your teeth

Getting the proper nutrition to keep your body healthy is something that many of us strive for each day. But do we ever give a thought for what’s healthy for our teeth? Do we ever stop and think, “Hold on, don’t have that it eats the enamel off my teeth”?

Well here are some foods that you should stop and think about before putting them in your mouth:

  1. Ice cubes: Not a food I hear you say, very true, but something that we frequently chew. Chewing on these even though they are sugar free does damage the enamel on your teeth, so probably better to chuck this habit.
  2. Sugar: Anything with sugar in it is bad for your teeth. We all know this. But why is sugar so terrible? Sugar feeds plaque which of course builds up from the bacteria in our mouths and settles on our teeth.
  3. Hard Candies: So apart from being full of sugar they also dissolve slowly giving bacteria more time to multiply and release their terrible acids that eat away at your teeth. Plus these guys are hard and you could chip or crack a tooth if you bit down too hard on one.
  4. Chewy Candies: Also full of sugar and are bad for the same reasons as above. But what makes these guys so nasty is that they cling to teeth, enshrouding them in, yes you guessed it, sugar. So now the bacteria in your mouth  has even more time to eat away at your teeth in the crevices between them where chewy candies always seem to get stuck.
  5. Any type of sticky food is not good for teeth. For example dry fruits are healthy but can stick to teeth so it is best to rinse after you eat sticky food and should brush and floss regularly.
  6. Citrus Fruit. Packed full of vitamin C and goodness, how can an orange or a lemon, or the innocent grapefruit be at fault here? They have citric acid as one of their main components and this eats away at tooth enamel. So eat them for their vitamin C but brush your teeth afterwards.
  7. Starchy foods. Anything starch that can and usually does get stuck between your teeth is the culprit here. Popcorn, potato chips and their friends are the enemy, and while a movie just isn’t a movie without popcorn, it might be a good idea to take the floss along and clean out those bits that get stuck before they can encourage tooth decay.
  8. Fizzy sodas. So apart from our good old friend, sugar, these guys are full of phosphoric acid and citric acid, both of which eat away your tooth enamel.
  9. Alcohol. This one is dangerous not only because of the sugars contained in it, but also because of another little side effect, dry mouth. Anything that dries out your mouth is hazardous to your teeth and should be avoided.
  10. Tea and coffee are alright in moderation but excessive tea and coffee is not good for teeth as can cause drying of mouth, staining of teeth and sugar added to them is also not good for teeth.

So these are the bad guys that hurt your teeth but there are also a whole host of good guys who promote healthy teeth and gums. We can also give you a few tips on how to survive and keep your teeth healthy:

  • Eat your sugary food during meals. You make more saliva then, helping to wash the acid and sugar away from your teeth.
  • Limit between meal snacks. If you need to eat rather choose fruit and then afterwards chew some sugarless gum to promote more saliva production.
  • Drink more water. After all it washes your mouth clean and some water supplies have added fluoride that helps protect your teeth.