Most people know that good oral hygiene, routine dental visits, and a healthy lifestyle can help you avoid several oral health problems. Unfortunately, even if you take excellent care of your teeth, dental emergencies can occur when you least expect them to. For example, some of your favorite foods can accidentally chip, break, or crack one of your teeth – and that means a trip to see your emergency dentist. Do you want to avoid these accidents? Continue reading to learn of a few foods that can chip teeth.
Who doesn’t enjoy munching away at a bucket of popcorn while watching a movie? Unfortunately, this tasty snack can damage your pearly whites if you’re not careful. Whether you make or buy popcorn, there will always be those few unpopped kernels hiding amongst the popped ones. If you bite down on one, you could easily crack or bruise a tooth. To prevent that from happening, shake your container beforehand to allow the hard kernels to settle at the bottom.
Although nuts are tasty and healthy, their hardness can be dangerous for your teeth. Cracking open shelled nuts like peanuts, sunflower seeds, or pistachios with your teeth can cause dental problems. Over time, this habit can wear down the edges of your teeth and make them more prone to chipping or breaking.
With Halloween right around the corner, you will soon have a stockpile of candy to snack on as you wish. However, be cautious of hard candies like lollipops and jawbreakers. Most people get impatient while waiting for them to dissolve and attempt to bite and chew them. As you can imagine, biting hard candy can increase your chances of chipping or breaking a tooth.
Bone-in meat is always a great addition to family dinners and summer barbeques. Although you might be tempted to immediately go to town on a chicken wing, be careful while biting into the bone. It can easily crack or chip your tooth. If you use these meats for salads or soups, make sure you remove the bones before serving.
Some people love chewing on leftover ice after finishing a cool drink, especially during the warmer months. However, this seemingly harmless habit can damage your teeth by causing cracks and increased sensitivity. To keep your pearly whites safe, try to satisfy your cravings in a healthier, safer way! Either
Did you see some of your favorite snacks on this list? Don’t worry – you don’t have to give them up completely! Just be careful while eating them to avoid a trip to your emergency dentist.
About the Author
Dr. Matthew Nawrocki earned his Doctor of Dental Medicine from the University of Florida College of Dentistry. He is a proud member of organizations like the Florida Prosthodontic Association, the American College of Prosthodontics, and more. Dr. Nawrocki understands dental emergencies can happen at the worst of times. If you have a chipped or broken tooth, contact him via our website or call (904) 272-1588, and he’ll give you the prompt relief you deserve.