[Series] Dental Resolutions For The New Year – Resolution #5
Dental enamel is the hardest structure in the human body. However, teeth can still be chipped or cracked if they are subjected to heavy forces.
Unlike bones, which can repair after a break, once the enamel has been lost or damaged, it cannot grow back or repair itself. Depending on the amount of damage done, repairing or replacing damaged enamel may require a significant investment of time and money. Prevention of damage makes much more sense!
What can you do to protect your teeth from being damaged?
Stop Using Your Teeth As Tools
We’ve probably all done it…used our teeth to pull a tag off of a newly purchased garment or to open a package or two. Unfortunately it is possible to bite something with just the right force and at just the right angle to cause an irreversible chip or crack in the enamel.
Stop Habits Like Chewing Pens Or Paper Clips
Chewing hard things like pens, paperclips, the stump of a pipe or even holding nails between your teeth; all these habits expose teeth to undue stresses and may cause damage.
Protect Teeth From Sporting Injuries
If you are purchasing sports equipment for yourself or your children, we suggest not forgetting about protecting your teeth. A custom-made mouthguard offers the best possible protection to teeth during contact sports.
It is a good idea to get your kids into the habit of wearing a mouthguard when skateboarding, playing contact sports, or even rollerblading. This will help your kids become more responsible for their health and well-being and will give you the peace of mind that comes with knowing your children’s teeth are being well taken care of.
Protect Teeth From Damage Caused By Clenching And Grinding
Many people grind their teeth while they sleep, often due to stress. If you wake up with a sore jaw, headache, neck soreness or aching teeth, you may indeed be a tooth grinder or clencher. Over time, tooth enamel can be worn away. Sometimes teeth and fillings can chip or crack under the pressure.
The best step to take when you realise or suspect that you are grinding your teeth is to arrange a time to consult with Dr Teo. She will determine whether you are grinding and will be able to recommend ways in which your teeth can be protected from damage.
Keeping your teeth safe does not have to be difficult or complicated. Just following our simple suggestions will give you a good head start to great dental care in the new year!
Download Our Guide To Dental First Aid
Click here to download, and please consider sharing this information with others! If you are a coach, keep it nearby during games and training as a ready reference.
More Dental Resolutions
What other dental resolutions do we recommend for the New Year? Check out the other articles in this series:
- Brush Your Teeth Twice Daily
- Floss Your Teeth Every Day
- Consume Less Sugar
- Prevent Stains On Your Teeth
- Keep Your Teeth Safe (this article)
- Visit Your Dentist Regularly