How to Prevent Dental Emergencies – Waterford, PA
The Best Offense is a Good Defense
It’s true that it’s impossible to avoid all dental emergencies, but that doesn’t mean you can’t avoid 99% of them. Urgent dental problems are not only scary, but stressful and impossible to resolve on your own. That’s why we cannot stress enough the importance of regular prevention. This includes positive oral hygiene, but it also means taking a few precautionary steps throughout your day. You’re always welcome to call our office when experiencing a toothache or other issue, but we strongly recommend taking the following precautions into account as well so you know how to prevent dental emergencies in Waterford.
Visit Your Dentist Regularly
One of the most important steps you can take towards protecting your smile is getting routine dental checkups completed at our office. These visits allow us to not only remove plaque and tartar from hard-to-reach areas of the mouth, but confirm that no underlying problems (such as cracked teeth, erosion, or early signs of cavities or gum disease) are present. These issues can easily turn into dental emergencies if left unattended and oftentimes only a dentist can confirm they are apparent.
Maintain Good Oral Hygiene At Home
At-home oral care consists of brushing and flossing, but they aren’t the only ways you can ensure your smile is clean and free of food debris and plaque. After you’ve brushed for at least two minutes at a time using fluoridated toothpaste (which should be done twice a day) and flossed at least once, you can put your attention towards oral rinses. These products are designed to help you remain extra thorough during your oral hygiene. As a bonus, they leave your mouth smelling fresh, reminding you that you’re taking the right steps to keep plaque at bay.
Stick to a Nutritious Diet
Diet plays an important role not just in your long-term oral health, but in reducing your chances of experiencing a dental emergency. For example, chewing very tough foods (such as hard candy) can easily cause a tooth to chip or crack. The same goes for ice cubes, which people tend to suck on out of habit. Any foods that are hard, crunchy, sticky or chewy in nature should be avoided or consumed with caution. Additionally, make sure that your diet is balanced and includes fruits and vegetables.
Wear a Mouthguard
Do you find yourself to be very active? Are you playing sports that have a high risk for impact, such as football, basketball, hockey, or wrestling? One of the most common causes of dental emergencies is sporting injuries, which is why wearing a personalized mouthguard is so important. The good news is our office can easily design one that fits your smile and provides the most optimal protection.
Use Tools to Open Packages, Not Your Teeth
There is always a better tool for the job than your teeth. While enamel is an incredibly hard substance, it can easily break down when introduced to inedible objects. This includes tape commonly used to seal packages or caps on your favorite bottled drink. If you want to avoid chipping (or even losing) a tooth, use a box cutter or pair of scissors instead.