The tooth enamel layer on each of your teeth is incredibly hard. This serves the dual purpose of giving your teeth the durability to handle years of chewing and grinding, while also preventing bacterial tooth decay from compromising the soft internal structures of the tooth.
It’s also worth noting that there are some minor bad habits that can apply unnatural forces to your teeth. This can cause chips or dental fractures to your tooth enamel. Once this happens the damaged tooth can also be at increased risk of suffering a severe cavity.
Nervously biting your nails or nibbling on pencils and pens can easily chip or fracture one of your front teeth. This also applies to using your teeth as improvised tools for opening packaging or cutting string. Grinding your teeth at night can also cause multiple chips on the biting surface of your molars and premolars. A problem like this might be easily prevented by sleeping with a dental guard in your mouth.
Any damage to your tooth enamel will need to be repaired as soon as possible at Dr. Purvesh Malaviya’s Brockton, Massachusetts clinic. As time goes by, the microscopic textures in the compromised tooth enamel could trap bacterial deposits. This could lead to significant cavities forming on the already compromised tooth.
If you live in the Brockton, Massachusetts, area and you have a chipped tooth, you should call 508-588-1400 to have it examined and treated at Creative Smiles Dental Care.