Most Common Causes of Chipped and Broken Teeth

childrens emergency dentistA chipped or broken tooth is not a fun experience for anyone – especially a child. When it comes to a kid’s dental care, our practice offers everything from routine preventive services to same-day appointments for emergency care. Our children’s emergency dentist provides gentle treatment for those suffering with chipped and broken teeth. Following are some of the most common causes of broken teeth.

Enamel Erosion

Tooth enamel is the mineralized outer layer of teeth. It is made of strong minerals so that it can protect the softer structures inside a tooth from harmful bacteria that cause cavities. Because tooth enamel is so strong, it can help prevent chipped and broken teeth, too. While enamel is very strong, it is susceptible to damage when exposed to acid on a repeated basis. Acid will strip away the mineral content of enamel, which softens it and makes it weak. Over time, enamel loss can expose the underlying structure of teeth (dentin) to cavity-causing oral bacteria. Weakened tooth enamel leaves teeth vulnerable to decay, chipping, cracking, and breaking.

Facial Trauma

One of the most common ways that teeth become broken or chipped is by traumatic facial injuries. A facial injury can occur as a result of a car wreck, accidental fall, or blunt force trauma from contact sports. Blunt force to the face can lead to dislodged teeth as well as broken and chipped teeth. It is important to schedule an appointment with our children’s emergency dentist as soon as possible since facial trauma requires immediate professional attention.

Tooth Decay

In addition to enamel loss and facial trauma, untreated tooth decay is a common cause behind a child developing chipped or broken teeth. Tooth decay not only signifies that a portion of a tooth is weakened, it also means that a cavity has formed a depression in the tooth, leaving sensitive internal structures exposed. Teeth with untreated tooth decay can fracture and chip – especially when eating hard or crisp foods.

For more information about preventive care or emergency services, call our kid’s dental practice today at Fort Worth Children’s Dentistry.

Start Your Child’s School Year Off Right with a Dental Checkup

pedatirc dentist Tarrant CountyDid you know that your child should be visiting our pediatric dentist for routine checkups and cleanings? Sometimes, people undervalue children’s need for regular access to oral healthcare because children will ultimately lose their baby teeth as adult teeth come in. Unfortunately, this common misconception can be problematic for your child’s wellbeing and oral health. Receiving regular oral healthcare services can drastically prevent your child’s risks for developing dental caries (tooth decay) and gum disease as well as increase the likelihood of detecting potential issues like malocclusions and developmental abnormalities. Summer is a great time to schedule checkups and cleanings with our pediatric dentist since we know that our patients’ lives are quite hectic during the school year.

Dental Checkups for Children

A dental checkup is actually quite thorough. It involves more than just evaluating the health of teeth and gums. During a checkup, our team will examine the health of the occlusion (the way that teeth line up and make contact) during oral function, the jawbones, and the arrival of adult teeth. When issues are detected early on, it often means that we can rectify the problem with conservative and minimally invasive treatment options. Sometimes, we can administer preventive treatments like dental sealants and fluoride treatments to prevent tooth decay if we notice issues with tooth enamel (the outer surface of teeth that protects teeth from harmful bacteria).

Professional Dental Cleanings

Dental cleanings are another aspect of keeping your child’s oral health a priority. A cleaning is not only important, it is a necessity for controlling harmful substances that accumulate along the roots of teeth and along the gum line. Even if your child practices proper oral hygiene at home, it is still vital to have regular dental cleanings because some substances (tartar) cannot be removed with regular brushing and flossing. Dental cleanings are gentle and non-invasive. They are also a cost-effective way to keep the gums healthy.

For more information about our pediatric services, call our family-friendly practice at your earliest convenience.