How can I prevent a cracked tooth?

The best way you can avoid a cracked tooth is by not chewing on hard objects, such as ice, nuts or hard candy. If you grind your teeth at night, talk to your dentist about getting a custom-fitted mouthguard to protect your teeth. In general, it's always good to practice good oral hygiene by brushing your teeth twice a day with an ADA-accepted fluoride toothpaste, cleaning between your teeth once a day with floss or another interdental cleaner, replacing your toothbrush every three or four months and by eating a balanced diet and limiting between-meal snacks.
The most damaging habit that can lead to cracking a tooth is chewing on hard objects such as ice or hard candy. Avoid chewing on anything hard or using your teeth for anything other than chewing food. If you grind or clench your teeth due to stress, talk to your dentist about protective mouthpieces. Daily brushing and flossing, and getting regular dental cleanings and examinations, can also help strengthen your teeth and gums to help prevent cracking of your teeth.

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