February 10, 2022
Everyone knows that brushing twice and flossing once per day and visiting the dentist are important parts of taking care of your smile. What you may not know is that several foods can harm your smile, and not just the sweet ones. So you can avoid a visit to your emergency dentist, read on to learn about a few foods that can chip teeth, how this can be harmful to your oral health, and what steps you should follow if this happens to you.
Foods That Can Chip Teeth
Sweet treats like candy and cookies are well known for leading to cavities by feeding harmful oral bacteria. Additionally, there are several other foods that can harm your smile be chipping your teeth, including:
- Fruits and vegetables with large pits like peaches, olives, and cherries
- Hard breads like pretzels, biscotti, and baguettes
- Beef jerky and other dried meats
- Popcorn kernels
- Corn on the cob
- Nuts and seeds
- Hard candy
- Ice cubes
Dangers of Chipped Teeth
Though chipping a tooth can make your smile look uneven or lopsided, there are also several consequences of leaving it untreated. If the edges of the damaged tooth are sharp, this can lead to cuts on your cheeks, tongue, or gums. Additionally, since the enamel has been weakened, the tooth will be more likely to develop decay. This may also lead to tooth sensitivity. Along with raising your risk of developing cavities, weakened teeth are also more likely to break. Deep chips may also give bacteria access to the inside of the tooth, which can result in infections and painful toothaches. You will likely need a root canal to have this treated. If things get bad enough, you may even need to have the tooth extracted.
What to Do If You Chip a Tooth
Now that you know what foods can chip teeth and how that can be dangerous for your oral health, what should you do if this happens to you? If you ever chip one of your teeth while eating, follow these steps:
- Step #1: Contact your dentist – As soon as you chip a tooth, contact your dentist and explain what happened. They will be able to provide you with information on what to do next and will have you set up an appointment to come in and have it fixed. If the accident happens before or after hours, their voicemail may offer instructions on what to do in the meantime.
- Step #2: Rinse – Rinse your mouth out with water to clear away debris.
- Step #3: Apply an ice pack – Use an ice pack or a cold compress to alleviate any pain or swelling.
- Step #4: Take pain medicine – If your tooth hurts, take over-the-counter pain medicine to lessen discomfort.
As you can see, sweets aren’t the only foods you have to be wary of. By avoiding the above foods or eating them with caution, you can avoid an emergency dental visit and keep your smile looking and functioning as intended!
About the Practice
Chipping a tooth is never any fun, but the exceptionally talented team of oral health professionals at Lapalco Family Dental is here to help. They offer a range of preventive services to help you maintain a strong, healthy smile as well as restorative treatments to protect damaged teeth from further harm. If you’re interested in making an appointment with Lapalco Family Dental or want more information on their services, call their office at (504) 348-0080 or visit their website.
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