Cracked teeth are a serious issue. They need to be treated promptly to prevent the cracks from becoming infected. If bacteria get into the cracks they will attack the inside of your tooth, causing cavities which, if left untreated, can lead to serious pain and even tooth loss.
What is interesting is that there appears to be an increase in the number of people with cracked teeth. There are several potential reasons why this is occurring. But, if you have cracked teeth book a dental appointment straight away, with a reputable professional such as this Sydney Park dentist.
Stress and anxiety often lead to people clenching or grinding their teeth. In many cases, people are not even aware they are doing it until someone else points it out or their jaw starts to ache.
Clenching and grinding places additional stress on your teeth and jaw, this motion can even wear down the hard enamel coating and weaken your teeth. This makes it more likely that they will crack.
Once they have cracked you need dental assistance. It is also a good idea to look at mouth guards and stress therapy, as this can help reduce your teeth clenching and grinding habits.
While it is likely that anxiety has increased due to the global pandemic, there are plenty of other reasons to be stressed. If you are anxious think about whether you are grinding your teeth or not.
It is also worth looking at your diet. Processed food is increasingly popular and this can contain a lot of additives to improve the flavor but not necessarily all the minerals you need for a balanced diet. A lack of calcium in your diet can weaken your bones and teeth, making them more likely to crack.
It is time to take a look at your eating habits.
Lack Of Fluoride
Fluoride has been added to the water supply for many years, ever since the 1950s when research showed that people with fluoride in their water suffered from fewer cavities.
However, more recent, controversial, research has linked fluoride with an increased risk of cancer. Add this to an increased awareness of what is in water and many people are adding water filters to their home water supply.
Unfortunately, the filters are removing all the minerals from the water, lowering fluoride and calcium intake, and potentially weakening teeth and bones. This makes both more susceptible to cracks.
Of course, more research is needed to confirm the exact cause of the increase in cracked teeth. It could simply be that people are more active and accident-prone.
But, one thing is certain, you need to look after your teeth as you only get one set to last you for life. That means brushing for two minutes twice a day and flossing at least once. Alongside this, make sure you visit your dentist regularly and have any issues sorted early. It is much easier to resolve them when they are caught early!