15Mar

Five Foods That Can Lead to Dental Emergencies

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There’s no question that certain foods are worse for your teeth than others. Delicious treats like soda and citrus and even bread can damage your teeth over time, but none of those are likely to cause immediate, painful damage that would qualify as a dental emergency. Dr. Robert Walley and his staff treat people with chipped or cracked teeth all the time, and these emergency appointments often occur as a result of some food that unleashed unexpected mayhem.

Obviously, bread and soda and oranges aren’t the type of thing causing that immediate damage, but which foods create the biggest risk for dental emergencies? We have compiled a list of the most common culprits, not necessarily to steer clear of them, but to consume them carefully to hopefully avoid having to visit your emergency dentist in the first place.

#1 Hard Candy

Anybody who ever had braces knows that hard candies are off-limits because of the damage they can do to brackets, but they’re just as bad for your teeth. Yes, the sugar is bad for you long-term, but crunching down onto one of these sweets can chip or crack a tooth. Suck on these candies, and don’t crunch into them until absolutely necessary.

#2 Caramel

While caramel is anything but “hard,” it’s a candy that can cause some problems, too. The soft, chewy morsels seem harmless, but the candies can wedge themselves between your teeth and loosen any dental work or restorations you’ve had done. They’re probably not going to pull out a natural tooth, but pulling loose a crown can be just as painful and problematic.

#3 Popcorn

America’s favorite movie treat can leave shards from the husks in between teeth or even underneath your gums, which could cause a painful abscess that requires emergency treatment. Worse, a kernel that didn’t pop all the way is hard enough to crack a tooth, so chew slowly while enjoying your film.

#4 Almonds

Nuts are a great source of healthy protein, but almonds are the hardest nuts of the batch. Believe it or not, they cause a lot of chips and cracks in teeth. Eating sliced almonds are softer and easier to chew than full almonds, so consider consuming the same snack, but in a different way.

#5 Ice Cubes

While ice cubes are not technically a “food,” some people love chomping down on them as a guilt-free way to keep their mouths busy rather than eating salty or sugary snacks. From a practical standpoint, chewing ice is not that different from chewing on rocks, which means it can crack and break the enamel of teeth, leading to a dental emergency.

If one of these foods cracks or damages your tooth, it is important to contact your San Francisco dentist immediately to get yourself in for any necessary repairs. Remember, the sooner you get into see your emergency dentist, the better chance there is you’ll be able to save the tooth. The aforementioned foods and treats are delicious, but eat with caution! If any problems do arise, call Dr. Robert M. Walley right away so he can fix whatever went wrong.

 

 

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