Teeth are considered to be the hardest part of the body. Bones are also very hard, but we usually hear people suffer from broken bones. Similarly, the teeth are also vulnerable to breaking. What causes broken teeth? And what should you do if this happens?
Broken teeth are usually caused by a trauma. For instance, you get hit while playing sports or you accidently fall down from a leased surface. There is also a possibility of breaking your teeth while eating especially when biting something hard.
Accidents are not the sole cause of broken teeth. Tooth decay is one primary cause of broken teeth. Cavities can be attributed to one's lack of hygiene or hereditary reasons. Some people do not regularly brush their teeth, disregarding the importance of good hygiene. On the other hand, some people tend to be more prone to cavities and tooth decay. Occasionally, this will lead to broken teeth, or worse, teeth loss.
An ounce of prevention is better than a pound of cure. Always keep in mind that the teeth are very important. We must always take good care of them. Once you lose a permanent tooth, you can never find a way to grow it back.
First of all, you should never use your teeth for other purposes other than chewing because some people would use their teeth to bite wires and other hard objects. Second, always have protection for your teeth. Remember to wear a mouth guard when playing sports. Lastly, keep a close watch on your hygiene. Brushing your teeth after every meal is as important as eating the meal itself. If possible, gargle regularly since since the germs are not only contained in between your teeth.
Broken teeth are not a cause for panic. However, it is not a trivial matter to be ignored. Fractured teeth usually cause severe or short staining pain especially when exposed to hot or cold temperature. This is because the damage has made it to the nerve. In some cases, fractured teeth do not hurt. That is because only the outer covering of the teeth, the enamel, is damaged. Even though only a small part of the teeth is broken, you must still see your dentist. Typically, the small crack or fraction may lead to larger cracks. The teeth are more vulnerable to breaking if it is already damaged.
If you break your teeth, always keep the lose pieces and clean them well. There is a possibility that your dentist may be able to cement it back to your teeth. Immediately visit your dentist. If not possible, then purchase temporary cement available in most drugstores. Quickly apply the cement to prevent the fraction from getting worse. If there is pain, take pain relievers or apply cold packs to the damaged area.