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How to Prevent Chipped Teeth: Basic Tips from a Dentist

Learn how to prevent chipped teeth with these expert tips from a dentist. Discover common causes of chipped teeth and how to keep your smile healthy and strong.

If you have ever chipped  a tooth, it can both be a painful and unsightly experience. Not only can it negatively affect your confidence and self-esteem, but it can also lead to other dental problems down the line. Fortunately, there are steps you can take to prevent chipped teeth from happening in the first place. In this blog post we will share some basic tips on how to keep your teeth strong and healthy.

Wear a Mouthguard when playing sports

If you are someone who actively plays sports, especially any contact type of sports, wearing a mouthguard can protect your teeth from impact and prevent them from chipping.

Avoid chewing on hard objects

Chewing on items such as pens, pencils or similar types of hard objects will overtime wear down your teeth making them more susceptible to chipping. When it comes to food types, try to stick to softer foods and as mentioned avoid anything like pens as your teeth are only meant for chewing foods!

Don't use your teeth as tools

This is a common one! Avoid using your teeth to open packages. Whether it’s to open bottles or other objects, this can weaken and damage your teeth, leading to chips and other dental problems.

Practice good oral hygiene

Having good oral hygiene is essential in not only preventing dental problems but also chipped teeth. Brushing twice a day, flossing daily and visiting your dental practice regularly for checkups and cleanings can definitely help in preventing a chipped tooth.

Keeping your teeth and gums clean and healthy is essential for preventing dental problems, including chipped teeth. Brush twice a day, floss daily, and visit your dentist regularly for checkups and cleanings.

Wear a night guard

If you grind your teeth at night when sleeping, you may be at a much higher risk of chipping a tooth. Custom night guards can protect your teeth and prevent them from chipping while you sleep. Speak with your dentist to see what options are best available to you.


By following these simple tips, you can keep your teeth not only healthy and strong, but also reduce your risk of any teeth being chipped. However, if you do experience a chipped tooth, it's important to seek prompt treatment from a dental professional or drop us a message via our contact form to see how Healthy Smiles in Staten Island can help.