Chipping your tooth is no joke! It can happen suddenly while munching on a snack, or while playing sports. A tooth is also more likely to chip if it is not in the correct spot. If you or someone you know in the Houston, TX area has a chipped tooth, or want to learn how an orthodontist can prevent damage, Dr. Jim Watson and the team at Watson Orthodontics can help you.
6 Ways an Orthodontist Can Prevent Damage to Teeth
1. Undergoing Orthodontic Treatment
You have different, specially shaped, and placed teeth for specific functions. Each tooth has a purpose, and a straight smile will ensure maximum efficiency and less damage overall. Your front teeth (called incisors) are used to cut food into smaller pieces (think: biting into an apple or a chunk of meat). Canine teeth grip onto tough foods and help the incisors do their work. Premolars help the canine teeth grip, and the molars to crush. And molars are used for grinding harder foods like nuts and raw vegetables. When working properly and in concert, your teeth make a world of difference to your quality of life!
2. Drink and Eat Foods High in Calcium
The right amount of calcium can help strengthen and protect your teeth and jawbone (which holds your bottom teeth in place). Orthodontist recommend leafy greens and milk, both of which contain a lot of calcium. Drinks and foods to avoid include: soda and alcohol (which contain compounds that weaken bone and teeth), and hard foods (which are also notorious for chipping teeth that are already showing signs of decay).
3. When Playing Sports, Always Use a Mouthguard
Mouth guards are scientifically designed to redistribute the force of an impact to your teeth and gums. While not all sports require mouth guards, orthodontist stress that you should always wear one to keep your teeth safe.
4. Always Brush Your Teeth
Good oral hygiene prevents teeth from chipping and decay. Orthodontist recommend that you brush and floss after every meal, and see an orthodontist and a dentist at least twice a year to make sure your teeth and gums are healthy. An orthodontist and a dentist can also give you advice to help strengthen your teeth.
5. Don’t Grind
Most of our Houston, TX patients here at Watson Orthodontics who grind their teeth do it in their sleep, however some do grind their teeth during the day as well. If you grind your teeth, ask your orthodontist for help. Dental protection systems are available that can prevent teeth grinding during both the day and the night. Also noteworthy, grinding teeth can not only be an indicator for a medical condition, but also the result of excess stress. Take some time out of your day to relax and pray or meditate.
6. Ask About Orthodontic Appliances Such as RECALDENT™
Orthodontic appliances such as RECALDENT™, can be used to prevent teeth from being chipped. RECALDENT™ has been proven to repair tooth and enamel decay by strengthening teeth from the outside. This product can be made and mixed into a number of forms, including a toothpaste-like compound added to specialized milk, and/or used in sugar-free gum.
With these simple tips from Dr. Watson, you can keep your teeth protected from getting chipped or from some other more serious damage. To find out more, feel free to contact Watson Orthodontics today!
Dr. Jim Watson and the team at Watson Orthodontics are experts in braces. If you have any questions pertaining to Invisalign, Invisalign Teen, braces and clear braces in the 77429 zip code: Cypress TX, Harris County TX, Houston TX, Spring TX, Tomball TX, or would like to schedule a complimentary consultation with Dr. Watson, contact Watson Orthodontics at: (281) 955-7612