In some cases, dental emergencies are the inevitable result of an accident or a hereditary oral health issue. In many other instances, however, these painful occurrences could have been prevented. At Four Town Dental, we are always ready to help patients in need, but at the same time, we hope that they never have to face a dental emergency. If you apply the following tips, you can greatly reduce the odds that you will find yourself in such a situation.
Caring for your teeth on a daily basis can help to rid your mouth of decay-causing plaque and tartar. You should:
Teeth are very hard and durable. However, they are vulnerable to breakage if they are exposed to too much force. That is why it is essential that you do not use them to bite down on anything extremely hard. For example, chewing ice and biting down on hard candies are dangerous habits. Also, when you are eating popcorn or bone-in meat, you should be sure to be careful not to bite down on the hard, non-edible portions of your food.
If you play sports, even non-contact sports, it is worth investing in a high-quality mouthguard — preferably a custom one designed by a dentist. A custom mouthguard is much more comfortable and effective than any you could buy at a sporting goods store. In addition to protecting you from oral injury, these little devices may also lower your risk of concussion.
If you frequently wake up with a sore jaw, you may need a different kind of mouthguard — one whose purpose is to prevent nighttime teeth grinding. It will thereby reduce premature wear and tear on your teeth.
It can be tempting to use your teeth to open packages or tear the tags off of new clothing, but such activities run a high risk of damaging your teeth. You could easily chip your enamel. Remember, teeth are a tool for chewing food, not for other tasks. To help you stop using your teeth to open packages, you might find it beneficial to carry a small multi-tool in your pocket or purse.