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What Risks Make Teeth more Susceptible to Breaking?

Posted on 9/25/2015 by Zac Bird
A hard candy that can cause teeth damage.Our dental office wants you to take care of your teeth, so you do not have to lose that beautiful smile. Various risks in life make people vulnerable to fractured or broken teeth. A tooth fracture is a break or crevice in a tooth, which causes damage to the outer shell. Cracks in a tooth can occur at the chewing surface, toward the root, or through the root. Furthermore, it can even occur at the root, and then move up through the chewing surface of the dentile.

These factors include cavities and tooth decay, worn dentition, eating certain foods, drinking sugary liquids, insufficient saliva production, and periodontal disease. We encourage everyone to take care of their teeth by trying to avoid these risk factors and seek dental assistance if they incur any damaged dentition.

Risk 1: Cavities and Tooth Decay

If a person has teeth in his or her mouth, then he or she is at risk for getting cavities. When you consume certain foods and drinks, it can increase your risk for tooth decay. The majority of tooth decay happens in the back of the mouth. Dentitions in these locations are hard to clean and food particles can build up in nooks and crannies. If you do not properly clean these areas, plaque can build up and bacteria can infest the back of your mouth. Afterward, acid production occurs and this will destroy the enamel of your dentition, which will lead to tooth decay or a crack dentile. Furthermore, a dry mouth can cause tooth decay due to a lack of saliva. Saliva helps to stop tooth decay by washing away leftover food and plaque inside of the mouth. The chemicals contained in saliva also aid in preventing acid production from bacteria, which breaks down the teeth.

Risk 2: Worn Teeth

Over the years, our teeth go through a lot of wear and tear. Your dental fillings can become weak. They will start to break down or even get rough around the edges. If you do not seek dental assistance to fix these problems, plaque can build up in these areas which make it harder to remove. Moreover, when people age their teeth become worn and their gum line may start to recede. Elderly persons that take certain medicines can cause a reduction in their saliva, which can lead to tooth decay.

Risk 3: Foods that Damage Teeth

If you unintentionally bite down on a hard candy or a solid piece of food, this can lead to a cracked tooth. Everyone loves eating and drinking all kinds of foods, including milk, candy, honey, ice cream, juice, soda, dried fruit, dry cereal, chips, and cookies. These edibles and consumables have the tendency to stick to your teeth. They give bacteria inside of the mouth more fuel for acid production, which can attack your teeth and wear them down. Frequently sipping on sodas throughout the entire day will give your dentition a continuous acid bath and this will cause further damage to your mouth.

Risk 4: Periodontal Disease

When you have a healthy mouth, it will house more than 350 strains of bacteria. Only five percent of these microorganisms cause periodontal disease. Your immune system usually keeps these microbes in check. Unfortunately, some people will become vulnerable to gum infections. If you do not practice good oral hygiene, the bad bacteria can grow inside of your mouth and out compete the good microorganisms. This can lead to gingivitis and periodontitis, which can damage your gums and cause tooth decay.

Symptoms of a Broken Dentile

Sometimes, a tooth fracture may not cause pain or problems for certain individuals. Rather, it all depends upon the kind of tooth fracture a person incurs. On the other hand, some people will experience a variety of symptoms, including random pain, a toothache when chewing food, eating on one side of his or her mouth to avoid discomfort, sharp pain when chewing or biting, and discomfort when eating cold food or drinking cold liquids.

If you are experiencing any of these symptoms, missing a tooth or need to know your options for replacement, please call our dental office and make an appointment. Please take advantage of dental services, so we can help you save your beautiful smile.

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