I chipped a tooth last week when biting into a mint then over the weekend I was chewing food on the same side and cracked or broke some of the tooth off. So, to protect that area and because I am a bit scared that I would do further harm, I began eating on the left side. I am in no pain on the right side where the tooth is broke, but my gums on the left side are now sore and a bit achy from eating on that side. I think it is that I rarely eat on the left side or could be more serious. I did put some ambisol on the area in question and taking some oral meds like Advil to help. I have a dentist appointment on Friday to evaluate. Plus, to my shame, I have not been to a dentist in 10 years, mainly due to no dental insurance and no major problems. Just wondering what else can be done.