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The outer layer on each of your teeth is made from hard tooth enamel. This is what gives your teeth the remarkable durability to chew food, while also resisting cavities.

As hard as tooth enamel is, there are certain things that can chip or fracture a tooth. Addressing certain bad habits and remediating other factors can help reduce your chances of suffering a chipped tooth.

This includes curtailed habits like biting your nails, nervously nibbling on desktop items, and using your teeth as improvised tools. Other habits like crunching on ice can also exceed tooth enamel’s inherent strength.

People who grind their teeth while sleeping are also at increased risk of suffering a chipped molar or premolar. Fortunately, these dental fractures can be prevented by wearing a dental guard in your mouth while sleeping.

A quality mouth guard is also very important for contact sport athletes and people with rigorous outdoor hobbies. If you don’t like the units sold in stores, Dr. Brock Barras and his associates can help provide you with a custom mouth guard.

If you are in the Lafayette, Louisiana, area and you have a chipped or fractured tooth, you should call (337) 443-4912 to set up a consultation appointment with the oral care specialists at Barras Family Dentistry.