Why Are My Teeth Chipping Easily - How to Fix it

Updated: Jul 4

It seems like each month that goes by a different tooth has a slight chip on it. Why is this happening and what can you do about it?


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The causes for why your teeth are chipping so easily.

  • Teeth grinding habit. If you have this night time habit of grinding your teeth, you may be weakening your teeth and even chip it in the process. If you wake up in the morning and see a chip, then you're probably grinding. The source of teeth grinding is typically due to stress so if you only grind occasionally then it means you're probably going through a stressful period in your life.

  • Nutritional deficiency. Strong teeth requires a diet that is high in calcium and phosphorous because they help strengthen teeth. If your teeth are weak, you may not be consuming the right types of foods. You may want to review your dietary habits.

  • Propensity towards consuming hard textured foods. The most optimum nutritional diet in the world won't protect your teeth if you just keep eating hard foods. Enamel may be the strongest substance in your body but if you repeatedly chew hard foods, even the enamel will wear down over time. The most harmful hard foods to your teeth are:

  • Ice cubes

  • Nuts

  • Using your teeth as a can opener

  • Biting into crab legs

  • Unsuspectingly biting into an olive pit



How to stop your teeth from chipping.

  • Get a night guard from your dentist. If your teeth are chipping from grinding at night, you can fix the problem by having a custom night guard made by your dentist. The mouth guard will protect your teeth while you're sleeping so you don't damage them or weaken them. You'll be grinding on the guard instead of on your own teeth.

  • Fix your diet. You need to start eating foods that are high in calcium and phosphorous so that your body can naturally strengthen your enamel and make your teeth stronger.


Calcium rich foods:

  • Dairy products - milk, yogurt, cheese

  • Calcium fortified beverages - almond milk, soymilk, juices

  • Dark green leafy vegetables

  • Dried peas and beans

  • Fish with bones

  • Fortified cereals

Calcium is a very important mineral that your body needs to build strong teeth and bones. Without it, your teeth will be weakened. The cleveland clinic recommends that you should consume about 1000 mg of calcium per day.


Phosphorous rich foods:

  • Animal products - Chicken, turkey, pork, organ meats

  • Seafood - sardines, clams, scallops, salmon, mackerel, crabs

  • Dairy - cheese, milk, yogurts

  • Sunflower and pumpkin seeds

  • Nuts

  • Whole grains - amaranth and quinoa

  • Beans and lentils

  • Soy

  • Phosphate fortified foods

Phosphorous is the second essential nutrient that is required for naturally strengthening your teeth. According to the NIH, the daily amount of recommended phosphorous intake is 700 mg.



How to strengthen your teeth naturally to prevent chipping.

Aside from consuming the right types of foods to provide the building blocks for strengthening your teeth, you should be using the right type of toothpaste. There are two types of toothpastes that will naturally strengthen your enamel and make your teeth stronger.

  • Toothpaste with fluoride. Our teeth are made of over 90% hydroxyapatite and when it comes into contact with fluoride, it becomes strengthened to fluorapatite. Fluorapatite has increased hardness, increased stability, and increased resistance to acid attacks. These additional benefits will prevent your teeth from chipping easily.

Fluorapatite
Fluorapatite

  • Toothpaste with nano hydroxyapatite. This natural toothpaste does not contain fluoride but has a lot of hydroxyapatite, which your teeth are naturally made of. It has a large reservoir of calcium and phosphate, which your body uses to strengthen the enamel. The hydroxyapatite toothpaste will be a wonderful supplement in addition to eating calcium and phosphate rich foods.

Davids hydroxyapatite toothpaste
Davids hydroxyapatite toothpaste


How do you fix the chip?

If your teeth are already chipped, you're no longer able to prevent it. You should still adhere to the recommendations above such as wearing a night guard, eating the right foods, and using the right toothpastes so that it doesn't get worse.


Only your dentist can fix your chipped teeth with composite bondings. Bondings are white filling materials that match the color of your natural teeth. This procedure can only be done at a dental office and is not possible at home so there is no home remedy for it. If you have a chipped tooth or need a night guard, please don't hesitate to see one of our long island city dentists who will take care of your every need. We can also give you tips on how to prevent your teeth from chipping so easily. Prevention is the best cure.

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About the author: Dr David Chen, DDS

Hello, I'm Dr Chen and I'm an actively practicing dentist in Long Island City, NY. I graduated from Columbia University College of Dental Medicine in 2016 but prior to going to dental school I was already working in the dental field. It's been more than a decade since I first got to know dentistry and let me tell you, time flies by quickly. Since then I've developed a fondness for writing, which is how this all got started!

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Medical Disclaimer:

This blog is purely meant for information purposes and should not be used as medical advice. Each situation in your mouth is unique and complex. It is not possible to give advice nor diagnose any oral conditions based on text nor virtual consultations. The best thing to do is to go in person to see your dentist for an examination and consultation so that you can receive the best care possible.

The purpose of all of this oral health information is to encourage you to see your dentist and to inform you of what you may expect during your visit. Due to the unfortunate nature of dentistry, there isn't really any true home remedies that will get rid of dental problems. Roughly 99.99% of them require in-person intervention by a healthcare professional.

Hint: That is the reason why you can't eliminate seeing dentists in your life!