Posted on 22 December 2020

Biting down on hard foods can increase the risk of cracked teeth. If you crack a tooth, consult with your dentist to prevent it from developing in to a larger problem -- which could require a root canal.

Key takeaways:

  • Sunflower seeds, fruit pits and popcorn kernels are examples of healthy foods which should be eaten with care to avoid cracked teeth.
  • Almonds can be hard enough to crack a tooth, so be careful. 
  • Never use your teeth to break open a nut shell.
  • Chewing on ice can easily crack a tooth.

"While a cracked tooth may not seem like a big deal, cracks can start out small and eventually extend beneath the gumline, which can require the need for a root canal or even a tooth extraction."

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