Some dental emergencies are inevitable, but in most cases, they are preventable. We are always ready to help if you encounter such a situation, but we would prefer that you avoid them altogether. That is why we have put together this simple guide on how to protect your teeth from the pain and uncertainty of dental emergencies. If you would like to know more about how you can safeguard your smile, you are welcome to contact us.
When sugar interacts with the bacteria in your mouth, it forms plaque. Plaque, in turn, leads to cavities. Untreated cavities are the harbingers of dental emergencies. It is best if you cut back on sugary drinks and foods to the extent possible. Indulging from time to time is fine, but when you do have a treat, be sure to sip on water afterward to rinse some of the sugar out of your mouth.
Also, be mindful that biting down on hard items such as ice, jawbreakers, or nutshells, runs a high risk of breaking your teeth.
Do you regularly play sports? Even if your game of choice is not a contact sport, you should still wear a mouthguard to protect your teeth against trauma. You can buy mouthguards at most sporting goods stores, but over the counter ones tend to be uncomfortable and only moderately effective. You will enjoy a better fit and a higher level of protection if you purchase a custom mouthguard from a dentist.
Along the same lines, you may need a nightguard to wear while you sleep if you suffer from bruxism (involuntary teeth grinding). A nightguard puts a barrier between the teeth and stops them from damaging one another.
Oral hygiene is the key to keeping teeth strong and preventing decay. You should:
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