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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.
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