Taking preventive measures to avoid a dental emergency can save you from having to make a frantic, panicked trip to see the dentist. Although it’s virtually impossible to completely prevent a broken, damaged, or infected tooth, there are certain precautions you can take to lessen their likelihood of occurring. While your emergency dentist is happy to provide urgent care when you need it, you’ll want to avoid a situation like this if at all possible. Here are some basic steps you can take to help prevent dental emergencies.
If you grind your teeth while you sleep, a condition known as bruxism, your teeth are at risk for wearing down or even fracturing during the night. That’s why it’s imperative that if you wake up with headaches or sore teeth, you come see us right away for treatment. If we detect signs of bruxism, we can create a nightguard, a comfortable plastic tray that prevents your top and bottom teeth from making harmful contact at night.
Similar to a nightguard, a mouthguard or sportsguard is a durable tray made to fit over your teeth, designed to be worn during contact sports and other physical activity. Since a large portion of dental injuries are sport-related, you should always be wearing a mouthguard during games and practices. While you can purchase a generic mouthguard from the sporting goods store, you’re better off getting a custom-made one from our office. Not only will it fit more comfortably, but it will provide more protection.
Simply brushing, flossing, and rinsing with an antibacterial mouthwash every day can drastically reduce your risk of needing to visit your emergency dentist. When food debris and plaque are not cleared away by these habits on a daily basis, it creates an environment where harmful oral bacteria thrive. These bacteria produce an acidic, destructive waste product that can erode your enamel and irritate your gum tissue. This greatly increases your risk of gum disease, tooth infections, cavities, and even certain medical conditions associated with these oral health problems.
To avoid these problems, which can cause severe toothaches strong enough to warrant calling your emergency dentist, you should brush, floss, and rinse every day. In addition, it helps to see us twice a year for regular checkups and cleanings.
Many people aren’t aware of the fact that what they eat and drink impacts the health of their teeth and gums. Destructive oral bacteria feed on leftover sugars and starches in your mouth and wear away at your enamel, causing cavities. Certain foods that contain valuable vitamins and minerals, like calcium and phosphates, can actually boost your mouth’s ability to fight off these bacteria and reduce your risk of tooth decay and gum disease. Be sure to add some mouth-healthy foods to your diet, such as:
If you are in the middle of a dental emergency that you weren’t able to prevent, be sure to contact our office right away for prompt treatment. We’ll work quickly to get to the bottom of your dental problem and ease your pain!