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How to Prevent a Dental Emergency

Protect Your Smile from the Unexpected

You probably never expect a dental emergency to happen to you, but they are more common than you might realize. In fact, 1 in 6 Americans face one annually. Unfortunately, they often strike without any warning and at the worst times. Although you can’t stop a dental emergency from happening, there are several things you can do to lower your risk of needing urgent care.

Be Careful What You Eat

Woman in pain from a dental emergency.

You’ve heard the saying, “you are what you eat,” but did you know this applies to more than just your general health and waistline? The foods you eat also influence the health of your smile. It’s best to eat a balanced diet that’s limited in sugars and starches, which can lead to tooth decay.

In addition to eating nutritious meals, you can also lower your risk of an emergency by avoiding certain foods that can lead to a broken or fractured tooth. It’s best to skip those that are overly hard, like ice, corn nuts, or hard candies.

Get Added Protection

Woman eating a healthy meal

Many dental emergencies are caused by trauma to the face when playing sports. Many of them could be avoided if the athlete were wearing an athletic mouthguard. In fact, athletes are 60 times as likely to be injured when they don’t wear mouthguards. The simple piece of protection provides a barrier for the teeth and soft tissues to reduce the risk of a broken or knocked out tooth if there’s impact to the face or mouth. It can also lessen the severity of concussions or prevent a jaw injury.

Besides athletic injuries, it’s also best to protect your teeth from bruxism. The grinding and clenching of your teeth can lead to uneven enamel erosion, fractures, and even loose teeth. A nightguard creates a cushion between the upper and lower teeth to protect your smile.

Keep Your Mouth Clean

Young boy with an athletic mouthguard.

Often, dental emergencies result from an issue that’s been brewing in the mouth, like an untreated cavity or gum disease. Keeping your mouth clean prevents common dental problems from occurring.

It’s best to use a soft-bristled toothbrush and fluoride to clean all surfaces of your teeth for at least 2-minutes twice a day. Don’t forget to use a high-quality dental floss to clean in between each tooth and around the gum line nightly.

Visit Your Dentist

Dental instruments for routine checkup.

Routine appointments with your dentist are essential for keeping dental emergencies at bay. Your dental hygienist will remove any buildup left behind by your toothbrush and floss that can cause cavities or gum disease. Your dentist will also monitor your oral health to detect concerning issues while they are still small to stop them turning into a bigger problem down the road.

Schedule an Appointment Today

No one has time in their day for an unplanned trip to the dentist; however, should the unexpected occur, don’t wait to contact our office. We’ll provide the same day care you need to save your smile, so you can get back to focusing on more important matters.