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If you want a top-notch smile and oral health, then you need to do all you can to avoid a dental emergency. Unfortunately, there are many things that can cause oral injuries. Today, our dentist, Dr. Rex Bullock, would like to give you the tips you need to avoid chipping a tooth.

First, watch your step. As you may already know, falling and hitting your mouth on the concrete can definitely cause a chipped and even knocked-out tooth. This is why it’s important to watch your step and be extra careful if you tend to fall often. In addition, it’s also best to be cautious while biking. Hitting a pothole and flying over the handlebars can also cause chipped and broken teeth if you hit the ground hard enough.

Second, avoid food mishaps. Whether you believe it or not, a hard popcorn kernel, tough candy, and even an uncooked bean can crack a tooth. When you chew on them and apply pressure to the tooth, the enamel gives way and breaks. So, it’s important to avoid chewing these hard foods. It’s also best to avoid chewing on things like pens, pencils, and ice.

Third, avoid using your teeth as tools. This means when you need to open a package, rip off a tag, and loosen a screw, you should not turn to your mouth. You should turn to the tools you have in the handy-man drawer at your house. Using your teeth as tools apply unnatural pressure to the teeth that harm the enamel.

Do you have questions about how to avoid chipping a tooth in Corona, CA? If so, please reach out to us at 951-737-1149 when you get the chance. Our dental team is here to help you in any way we can, and we look forward to giving you the answers you’re looking for!