Why Are My Teeth Breaking?
If tooth enamel is the hardest substance found in the body, then why do teeth break? The truth is, teeth can become brittle and weak due to a wide range of factors. While teeth are typically very strong, they are prone to chipping, cracking, or breaking when their integrity has been compromised. Some common reasons why your teeth may be more susceptible to breaking include:
- Genetics can make some people’s enamel softer than normal, as well as affect the layer underneath known as dentin.
- Multiple dental procedures in the same area of the mouth, such as repeated fillings, can make teeth weaker.
- Grinding or clenching your teeth is a chronic problem that can gradually take a toll on the strength of your teeth, leading to worn down or cracked teeth.
- A diet high in acidic and sugary foods and drinks can eat away at your tooth enamel, making them weaker.
- Periodontal disease, when it progresses to an advanced stage, causes permanent bone damage that causes teeth to become fragile and potentially be lost.
To help protect your teeth, it’s important to practice good oral hygiene, eat a nutritious diet, and visit your dentist twice per year. During these routine exams, your dentist can detect any damage or disease at its earliest stage and recommend prompt treatment. If you should suffer from a broken tooth, a tooth-colored filling, dental crown, bridge, or other solution may help you restore the look and function of your tooth.
If you would like to learn about the restorative dental treatments offered at Austin Dental Spa, or to schedule your next routine exam, please contact us today!