The best way to save your teeth from the damage of a dental emergency is to ensure that there’s no emergency in the first place. While it’s impossible to 100% eliminate the chances of an emergency occurring, there are several precautions you can take to significantly lower the odds of one happening to you, such as swapping bad oral habits for better ones. Our dentists can offer lots of useful advice for preventing dental emergencies, some of which is written out below.
What starts out as a minor cavity can quickly spiral into a major toothache that requires extensive and costly treatment if you’re not careful. For this reason, it’s best to prevent decay from becoming an issue in the first place by sticking to a mouth-healthy diet. Cut down on sugary foods and drinks such as fruit juices, energy drinks, candy, and ice cream. Of course, indulging every now and then is perfectly fine, but don’t make a habit of it. You could also sip sugary beverages through a straw to minimize direct contact with your teeth.
Try not to bite down on any item that’s too hard, such as popcorn kernels, ice, nuts, etc. This could result in chipped or broken teeth. Similarly, you should also refrain from using your teeth to chew on inedible objects such as pencils, pens, or your fingernails.
High-contact sports like martial arts or football can easily lead to injured or even knocked-out teeth from getting hit in the mouth. Accidents like these can be quite common, so you should always make sure your teeth are well protected against potential trauma. Ask us about crafting a custom mouthguard to minimize damage from high-risk activities like contact sports.
Did you know that your teeth might also be at risk for injury while you’re asleep? This is because some people grind their teeth at night, which is also known as bruxism. Teeth grinding can wear down your enamel and even chip your teeth while you’re unconscious. Luckily, you can avoid this problem by wearing a custom nightguard from our office.
A severely decayed tooth might need root canal therapy or even a tooth extraction. However, you can avoid the need for these procedures and save your tooth by properly adhering to an oral hygiene regimen. Brush twice a day using a fluoridated toothpaste, and be sure to brush for two minutes at a time (that’s long enough to sing through the alphabet song twice). Don’t forget to floss as well; it’s the only way to remove harmful plaque from between your teeth and along your gumline.
Do you have a dental emergency? Do you want more advice on how to avoid these situations? Whatever the case may be, our skilled and friendly dental team is here to help. Just give us a call.