Many dental emergencies can be prevented if you commit to taking good care of your teeth and gums and strive to avoid problematic habits.
Following are steps you can take to reduce the likelihood of a dental emergency.
Don’t Use Your Teeth as Tools
Your teeth are meant for tearing and biting food, not tearing packaging or opening bottles. Using your teeth as tools could lead to severe damage that requires oral surgery, restorations, or root canal therapy to fix.
Avoid Chewing Inedible Objects
Many people bite down on pen caps or ice cubes as a nervous habit. This could permanently damage your tooth enamel and even chip or crack your teeth. We strongly encourage people to break these habits. If you’re tempted to chew on ice, consider using straws to consume your favorite beverages.
Schedule Routine Checkups and Cleanings
Foregoing routine preventive care could put your teeth at great risk. Keeping regular appointments for checkups and cleanings helps our team monitor your oral health. Many oral health concerns may be asymptomatic at their onset. If problems do arise, we can address them in their earliest stages.
Going years without checkups and cleanings could lead to a dental emergency causing serious harm because your teeth could be in a vulnerable state.
Practice Proper Oral Hygiene
Oral hygiene is your best defense against developing a number of oral health issues. Proper brushing and flossing prevent enamel loss, cavities, and gum disease. If you can keep your teeth clean with meticulous oral hygiene, you can greatly reduce the risk of developing painful toothaches and even broken or chipped teeth.
Wear a Mouthguard for High-Risk Sports
Playing a sport could easily cause a dental emergency. Contact sports or physical activities with a high risk for falling could break and chip your teeth or cause lacerations to soft oral tissue. Wearing a custom-made mouthguard is one of the best ways to protect your mouth against sports-related injuries.
If it’s time for a cleaning or checkup, call Hulen Crossing Family Dental to schedule an appointment with our dentist.