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How to Prevent Dental Emergencies

Better Protection for a Healthier Smile

A young woman sitting on her couch at home and smiling after avoiding common dental emergencies in Klamath Falls

It’s always better to be prepared when a dental emergency occurs, right? Knowing what to do and how to take care of the situation is critical to ensuring the problem doesn’t worsen. But wouldn’t it be nice to prevent these from happening in the first place? While it’s not always possible, your smile can remain intact and disease-free if you practice a few easy tips. The team at Premier Care Dental recommends avoiding hard, crunchy foods, wearing a protective mouthpiece, and practicing good oral care. To better understand how each of these tips can best serve you and your smile, spend a few minutes reviewing the following information.

Watch What You Eat

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Certain foods can wreak havoc on your teeth, which is why you should avoid anything hard, crunchy, and can damage your pearly whites. Nuts, ice, hard candy, and a host of other foods should be avoided at all costs, but if you just cannot give up eating a nice, juicy apple, make sure to cut it up into small pieces to avoid an accidental break.

Unfortunately, for items like ice or hard candy, it is best to just forgo these altogether. Not only can you do significant damage to your smile, but you are also putting yourself at risk for developing tooth decay and cavities because of the sugar content in candy.

Protect Your Smile the Right Way

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If you enjoy playing sports, you’ll want to invest in a customized mouthguard. This piece of oral protection will keep your teeth and soft tissues safe from injury should you take a hard hit on the field or court.

Not interested in sports but instead, suffer from bruxism? Teeth grinding and clenching can be remedied with the help of an oral device. By wearing it at night, you can avoid your teeth coming into contact with each other and wearing down. It will also relax your jaw and facial muscles, keeping you from experiencing chronic jaw pain.

Keep Brushing, Flossing, and Rinsing

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A good oral hygiene routine is the number one way to protect your teeth. It may not seem like it’s possible, but if you remember to brush your teeth for two minutes twice a day, floss at least once before bed, and rinse with an antimicrobial mouthwash, you will not only improve the health of your smile but also strengthen it.

It’s truly amazing how a few minutes a day can make such a difference in your smile. While it may not prevent trauma from occurring (i.e. sports-related accident or sudden fall at home), it will keep tooth decay and gum disease from developing, two of the most common reasons people experience dental emergencies today.