April 27, 2007
Health Tip: Cracked Tooth?
Here are some common causes
(HealthDay News) -- Sharp pain when you bite down on a piece of food may signal a cracked tooth.
Here are common causes for tooth cracks, courtesy of the American Dental Association:
- Chewing or biting foods like hard candy, nuts, or ice cubes.
- Injury to the mouth.
- Grinding or clenching your teeth.
- Chewing unevenly.
- Loss of parts of the tooth, often from fillings or wear.
- Procedures like root canals that cause teeth to become brittle.
- Teeth being exposed to extreme temperatures, such as from eating very hot foods or drinking ice water.