Broken Teeth

Breaking your teeth can happen due to any number of things. It can be from a trauma, from playing sports, an accident, but it can also be from something as trivial as biting into some nuts or drinking something hot or cold. It can be a sign that your teeth are in trouble, and that your overall oral health is none too good. Here is an article that will help you understand why teeth break, and what to do in case they do.

Reasons For Breakage

The most common reason is trauma. Your teeth may come into contact with something that they are not meant to be coming in contact with (like the pavement, another mans fist, a hockey puck, or a piece of the dashboard, for example). There is little to do to prevent accidents, by their very nature they are unexpected and unwanted occurrences. 

Eating nuts and hard foods, as well as foods that are thought to be soft can also cause the cracking, breaking and loss of teeth. Cookies with hard nuts in them are especially likely to cause the breakage of teeth, but an especially well grilled panini, or anything which accidentally has a piece of walnut shell in it are also very likely candidates.

Many times, habits we have no idea of will weaken or crack the teeth. One of the main things that causes these unknown (and often invisible) fissures that later on end up being the fault line where teeth crack is a sudden rise or drop in temperature. Being outside in the cold for a long time and coming home to a steaming hot cup of tea may feel good, but your teeth will in fact regret it, and can crack under such rapidly changing temperature. However, the transverse is even worse and far more likely to happen; grabbing a frosty drink while it is really hot out. This can crack teeth much easier, as teeth shrink and compress when they come into contact with cold, and this can cause a break. 

Teeth that are demineralized are much more likely to break, and teeth that have no enamel on them are very likely to break, indeed, often it is just a matter of time before the teeth break from one reason or another. The better your oral health, the less likely your teeth are to break or chip away from doing the tasks it is meant to do.


If your teeth do break, the first thing to do is to find the piece that has broken off and try and save it. This way, you may be able to have it reattached without any further ado. In order to prevent pain, you must make sure that you seal the tooth quickly. Otherwise, pain will come if the tooth is alive, as the nerve and the dentine are now exposed from the tooth breaking. The best thing to use is orthodontic wax and perhaps applying a warm compress to the area. But of course, the most important thing is to book an emergency appointment as soon as possible.

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