The outer layer on each of your teeth is covered in a thick veneer of strong tooth enamel. This gives your teeth the durability to handle a lifetime of chewing food, while also protecting the sensitive inner core of each tooth. Good oral hygiene habits like brushing twice and flossing at least once each day, as well as attending your routine dental checkups, will help maintain the strength of your tooth enamel.
If you fail to maintain consistent oral hygiene practices, your tooth enamel could gradually start to demineralize. This could allow cavities to develop on one or more of your teeth, while also increasing your chances of suffering from tooth sensitivity.
It’s also worth noting that there are several other things that can increase your risk of suffering from chips and dental fractures. When tooth enamel is compromised, it can also place the tooth at increased risk of suffering a severe cavity.
It’s best to curtail bad habits like nibbling on pencils, pens, and other desktop items, as well as improvising your teeth as tools when opening packaging or cutting string.
Chronic night grinding can also cause multiple chips on the biting surface of your molars and premolars. A problem like this might be easily prevented by sleeping with a bite guard in your mouth.
If you live in the New Haven, CT, area and you are concerned about the strength of your teeth, you should call 203-624-5515 to have it examined and treated at Comprehensive Dental Health by our dentist.