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A chipped or cracked tooth not only affects the appearance of your smile, but the health of it as well. Cracked teeth are more likely to develop infection in the pulp tissue which may require root canal treatment or even a tooth extraction if it becomes too serious. Since prevention is the best medicine, here are a few ways to avoid chipping and cracking your teeth.

Wear A Mouthguard

Contact and non-contact sports and recreational activities all pose a risk for chipping your teeth, which is why mouthguards are available to protect them. Mouthguards cushion impact forces and usually cover the upper teeth (which are more vulnerable to damage).

Treat Bruxism

Bruxism is teeth grinding and clenching, a condition that often occurs when you sleep as a result of stress, an abnormal bite, crooked teeth, etc. The pressure forces from bruxism (especially when it is done chronically) can not only fracture teeth, but loosen them and create jaw problems.

Avoid Chewing On Hard Objects

Your teeth were meant to bite through food, not chew against objects. Bad habits of chewing on pens, fingernails, eyeglasses, and pencils can cause your teeth to shift and crack.

Remove Oral Piercings

Oral piercings always pose a risk to chipping your teeth because they constantly click against them and you may accidently bite down on the piercings. Though oral piercings may seem like the newest trend, they can actually devastate your oral health by causing problems such as swelling, pain, infection, allergic reaction, nerve damage, etc.

Avoid Chewing On Hard Foods

Chewing on ice may seem like a harmless habit (after all, it’s just water), but doing so can damage your teeth. Other foods to avoid chewing on include hard candy (which are also full of sugar) and popcorn kernels.