Adult teeth are the last pair we will have! So, keeping our gums and teeth in good health is very important. Habits such as clenching and grinding, can compromise the natural shape of a tooth. Talk to your dental provider if you have these habits. Your dental provider might prescribe simple appliances that help prevent the loss of tooth structure – two most common appliances are mouth guards and night guards.
Individuals that are at risk for grinding and clenching are those who live/ work/ participate in activities that are high in stress. Clenching and grinding is a common involuntary reaction when we are put under physical or mental stress. If you are aware of this habit, be sure to talk to your dental provider about a mouth guard. Your dental provider can customize a mouth guard for you or share information on other products that are available.
A night guard might be recommended if you clench or grind your teeth in your sleep. Usually, a night-time grinder is unaware of this habit until it is pointed out by a dental professional and/or another person. Your dental provider can customize a mouth guard for you or share information on other products that are available.
Injured Adult Tooth
If an injury results in your adult (permanent tooth) falling off or chipping, you must act fast!
- Chipped or broken:
- Collect all pieces of the tooth
- Rinse the mouth with warm water
- Call a dental provider right away and ask for an emergency visit
- Permanent tooth knocked out:
- Bite down on sterile gauze to stop the bleeding
- Grab injured tooth by the crown (white, chewing surface of tooth)
- Place in a cup of milk or your own saliva. Do not place in tap water!
- Call a dental provider right away to schedule a visit