What are cracks?
As we celebrate improved health in 2014, let’s continue discussing dental problems you might have and how to address them.
In this post, we’ll discuss cracks, also known as fractures, which are the vertical or horizontal lines in teeth, above and below the gum line. Cracks are either visible or invisible to you.
There are several reasons for cracked teeth: large fillings and other dental work, root canals, posts, excessive bite pressure from tooth grinding or clenching, temperature changes, trauma, and many lost teeth. Also, some sonic tooth brushes and alcohol mouthwashes can also lead to cracked teeth.
Why is it dangerous to your mouth?
Small cracks can leak harmful bacteria and acids. This leakage can spread to the bones around your teeth thereby causing mouth infections. Larger cracks can cause gum recession and bone loss, for gums cannot adhere to a crack.
Why is it dangerous to your body?
Cracks can leak the dangerous bacteria through your bloodstream and lead to…
- 75% increased chance of heart attack
- 63% increased chance of pancreatic cancer
- 50% increased chance of stroke
- Respiratory diseases that affect breathing
- Loss of vision, toes, sinus problems, and feeling exhausted
- Beginning stages of Alzheimer’s disease and memory loss
What can be done to treat cracks?
Implement the home care instructions written by Dr. Kravitz and read a copy of “Dirty Mouth” – which Dr. Kravitz will provide to you at your upcoming visit. Receive detailed cleanings with one of our registered dental hygienists. More extensive cracks can be treated with fillings, inlays, onlays, veneers, crowns, bridges, dentures, extraction and dental implants.
Our team at Kravitz Dentistry is here to help if you, your family member or friend has cracked teeth.
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Be well and healthy!
Dr. Joe Kravitz, DDS, MS
Dentist, Prosthodontist, Author, Researcher
Rockville, Maryland, Virginia, Washington, DC