No one ever expects a dental emergency to happen to them, but the truth is they are more common than you might realize. They can occur suddenly, such as from an accident or injury, while others are the result of an untreated dental issue or a bad habit. Although you can’t fully prevent one, there are several things you can do to lessen your risk of an unplanned trip to your dentist.
Many dental emergencies are the result of an untreated cavity or infection. You can help keep your teeth and gums healthy by committing to a great oral hygiene routine. It’s best to use a soft-bristled toothbrush and fluoride toothpaste to clean all surfaces of your teeth for at least 2 minutes. We recommend you brush your teeth at least twice a day. Besides brushing, don’t forget to use a high-quality dental floss to clean in between each tooth and around the gum line every night before going to bed.
Besides caring for your smile at home, the American Dental Association recommends everyone visits their dentist at least twice a year for a cleaning and checkup. A good cleaning will remove harmful buildup left behind by your toothbrush and floss that can lead to decay or infection. Your dentist will also perform a thorough examination to look for any concerning issues, like weakened enamel. This allows them to detect and treat any problems while they are still small to prevent them from turning into an emergency down the road.
If you play sports, you can protect your smile from any unnecessary damage and even lower your risk of concussion by wearing an athletic mouthguard. The custom-fit device provides an added layer of protection if there’s trauma or impact to the face or mouth to reduce the risk of knocked-out, dislodged, and broken teeth.
If you have a habit of grinding or clenching your teeth, you can help protect your smile from the pressure of bruxism with a nightguard. This provides a cushion between your upper and lower teeth to reduce the risk of weakened enamel, fractures, and even eventual tooth loss.
A balanced diet is important for more than just your waistline. It’s also essential for a healthy smile. It’s best to choose healthy foods and limit your consumption of those that are sugary to keep cavities at bay. Besides choosing nutritious foods, it’s best to avoid any that may lead to a dental emergency, like those that are overly crunchy, such as ice or hard candies.
If you have a dental emergency or aren’t sure if you need immediate care, don’t wait to contact our office. A member of our team is only a phone call away to offer advice or to schedule you for an appointment. We’ll provide the prompt care you need to save your smile, so you can get back to your day.