You have a beautiful smile with white teeth and healthy gums. Every year you go to the dentist regularly to have your oral cavity examined to prevent problems from arising. At your last dentist appointment, you were informed that you have cracks in your teeth. How is it possible to get cracks in your teeth when you follow a good dental hygiene routine and what should you do about it?
Over your lifetime you put your teeth through a lot. You eat extremely cold food than consume hot drinks and love chewing on those hard, sour candies. Without even realizing it you have developed some hairline cracks in your teeth. These little vertical lines are sometimes not even visible to the naked eye or even an x-ray, but your dentist is highly trained to notice changes such as cracks in your teeth.
Other reasons you may have cracks in your teeth are things like grinding your teeth, uneven chewing, upper and lower teeth interfering with each other due to misalignment, normal chewing on already damaged teeth, and trauma to your mouth. What can you do about the cracks?
You are already doing the best thing and that is visiting your dentist regularly. Your dentist will monitor the cracks in your teeth and repair any damage that requires attention. Even if you are not experiencing any pain, cracks can lead to other issues. What can happen if you have cracked teeth?
Damage to the tooth enamel can eventually spread and weaken your teeth. Larger cracks may form, you could also be susceptible to the formation of stains, sensitivity, cavities, and even damage to the tooth pulp. If you have any of these issues you need to have them treated by a dentist. Ignoring small cracks can lead to big problems. So how can you prevent cracks from forming?
One way is to prevent grinding your teeth. Many people grind their teeth especially at night, during their sleep. If this is the case, you can get a specially designed mouthguard to protect your teeth from destroying each other during the night. If you grind your teeth you may also notice tenderness in your jaw or facial muscles. Wearing a mouthguard at night can help ease these symptoms and stop the development of tooth fractures as a result of the habit.
So, keep track of your habits and the subtle signs of cracks in your teeth by having your dentist do a complete checkup twice per year. When someone cracks a joke, it is really funny but when you crack a tooth it’s no laughing matter.