April 25, 2017/ Dr. Neal/ 0
Dental emergencies are painful, stressful, and often avoidable. Although knowing what to do in a dental emergency is essential, it is even more important to know how to prevent an emergency for ever occurring. Like this, you can maintain your smile without ever needing to see an emergency dentist. The following are some of the most common mistakes that lead to dental emergencies.
Lacking Protection for Teeth When Playing Sports
Impact to the mouth can lead to anything from a cracked tooth to a knocked-out tooth. It is easy to avoid such accidents with mouth protection. Ask your dentist for a custom mouthguard for use whenever you play sports. For contact sports, a mouthguard is crucial, but it is also recommendable for any activity where there is a risk that a ball, puck, or elbow could hit you in the mouth.
Neglecting Dental Care
Many dental emergencies are caused by poor oral hygiene rather than accidents. To keep your teeth healthy, you need to brush at least twice per day using the proper technique. You should also receive regular checkups to catch problems in their early stages; for instance, this prevents infections that would require procedures including root canals and teeth extractions. Finally, if your dentist recommends treatment, never delay. Procrastinating a filling or crown can lead to more serious decay or damage.
It is easy to crack or chip your teeth on hard foods. Chew tough foods slowly and carefully.
Using Teeth for Anything Than Their Intended Purpose
Teeth are for chewing and biting food alone. Save your teeth by working hard to break your bad habit of gnawing other objects or look for scissors when you want to open a package.