Mother Teresa once said, “Every time you smile at someone, it is an action of love, a gift to that person, a beautiful thing.” Of course that’s true, but a beautiful smile makes you feel better, too. There aren’t too many things we can do on our own to make our smile better, but there are a few bad habits that you can avoid to help increase the chances that your beautiful smile will stay that way.
One of the most common reasons for an emergency visit to the dentist is a broken or chipped tooth. Certainly, teeth can get broken in some kind of accident – baseball bats and automobiles come to mind – but you can also break your tooth by doing something you do regularly without even thinking about it. One of these behaviors is putting pencils, pens, and other inflexible objects between your front teeth. Your teeth are definitely strong, but there’s only so much punishment they can take before they start to wear down and break. Keep hard objects from between your teeth to avoid the chance of chipping or breaking.
Along with pens and pencils, many of us often subject our teeth to something else that is hard, and again, we never even think of the damage it can do. That “something else” is ice! Some people intentionally chew ice because they are dieting or because the cool feels good in the middle of a hot summer. Others merely eat the ice that comes in a cold beverage at a restaurant. Regardless of whether you are a habitual ice-chewer or not, always think about the potential damage to your teeth before you grab that first piece of ice. Considering the fact that glaciers are made of ice and they have done immense damage, pulverizing rocks and boulders, and gouging deep channels in the frozen land. Well, ice is not any kinder to your teeth, either. If you really love the chilled enjoyment of ice in the summer, chew or eat either finely crushed ice or even ice shavings.
If you do happen to chip or break a tooth, talk to a trained cosmetic dentist, like the ones at Bedford Dental Group, that will help you decide on the right treatment for you. Not chewing on ice, not chewing on pens or pencils, and seeing your dentist regularly can help you maintain your beautiful smile for years to come. For more questions about the right treatment for broken and chipped teeth, contact us at Bedford Dental Group.