Posted by: sash | 2008/12/16



Hi doctor
In this last year I' ve noticed tiny pieces of tooth chipping/breaking off. it started with quite a big piece close to a filling and subsequently after that I think I' ve had two or three more tiny pieces coming off other teeth. It doesn' t happen after eating anything hard, in fact the second time a piece came out from one of the teeth I was flossing between. So this is what I don' t understand, I brush twice a day, floss regularly, I have enough clacium in my diet, I don' t really drink fizzy drinks. What am I doing wrong and how can I make this stop happeing and make my teeth healthier?

Expert's Reply


Oral health expert

the tooth may not be breaking because it is weak , but there is possibly decay around/under the filling. You shold have seen a dentist as soon as the first part broke as the tooth was then much weaker and even though you may not be eating hard foods, continued pressure on an already weakened tooth will only cause it to break further
You need to see a dentist urgently or risk the entire tooth fracturing

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