chipped teeth Richmond VAChipping a tooth isn’t fun, but there are steps to avoid them. The reasons vary, but the most common causes can be a combination of environmental, nutritional, and genetic. Here are some of the more common causes for chronic chipped teeth and how you can deal with them.

  • Grinding your teeth while you sleep. This condition is bruxism and corrected by wearing a nightly mouthguard, preferably one fitted by a dentist.

  • Poor nutrition can hurt your teeth both inside and out. Too many sugary drinks, foods, or fruit drinks can cause the tooth enamel to erode. A change in diet and a regular dental hygiene program will usually stop the damage. However, enamel erosion can also be caused by more subtle factors, like genetics or gastrointestinal issues. Also, a lack of calcium and other nutrients in the diet can lead to weak teeth. Eat a balanced diet and drink plenty of non-sugar drinks every day.

  • Poor dental hygiene can lead to enamel erosion and weakened tooth roots. Everybody should have a  regular dental hygiene plan and follow it daily. Also, make sure you are using the right tools. Your toothpaste should contain fluoride and be ADA approved and ask your dentist for a recommendation for the correct toothbrush.

  • If you participate in contact sports like martial arts or basketball, be sure to wear a mouthguard to protect your teeth. They help absorb the shock of any strikes, and they help maintain the structural integrity of the mouth.

When you chip a tooth, you should go to the dentist immediately or within a few days to make sure there isn’t further damage. If you are concerned about the frequency of your teeth getting chipped, tell the dentist. He or she can perform a complete exam of your teeth and lifestyle, and make recommendations.

At Grove Avenue Family and Cosmetic Dentistry, we have a lot of experience dealing with chipped and broken teeth. We are also experts in dental hygiene. Don’t hesitate to contact us at (804) 285-1378 to see how we can help you and your teeth. There are many options to correct chipped and broken teeth. We’ll suggest the right one for you and make sure you leave with a beautiful set of teeth and knowing how to care for them.