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Your teeth are strong bones that can help you perform many daily tasks. However, this doesn’t mean they are invincible. There are times when the teeth and gums can be injured, which is called a dental emergency. This can happen quite often if you’re not careful. Fortunately, there are things you can do to avoid the emergencies as much as possible. Today, our dentist, Dr. Chet Hymas, is happy to tell you how to avoid chipping a tooth in Spokane Valley, Washington.

First, watch your step. Falling and hitting your mouth on the concrete can definitely cause a chipped and even knocked-out tooth. So, it’s important to watch your step and be extra careful if you are a clumsy person. It’s also best to be cautious while riding your bike. Hitting a pothole, flying over the handlebars, and hitting your mouth can also cause chipped and broken teeth.

Second, avoid food mishaps. Now, we know chewing on tough foods isn’t always intentional. Sometimes you toss some popcorn in the mouth and accidentally chew an unpopped kernel. When you bite down, the pressure can break the outer shell of the tooth. So, make sure you inspect the popcorn before you toss it in the mouth and you avoid chewing hard-to-eat foods.

Third, don’t use your teeth as tools. If you use your mouth to do things like rip off a tag, open packages, or loosen a screw, the pressure can fracture the tooth enamel. So, you should depend on your handy-man tools for those tasks.

Call Hymas Family Dental today at 509-922-1360 if you have any questions or if you would like to know more about how to avoid chipping your tooth. Our dental team is happy to assist you in any way we can, and we look forward to talking with you!