How to Avoid a Dental Emergency

January 13, 2024

Filed under: Uncategorized — creativedental @ 11:25 pm

Woman in pain with her hand on her faceYou probably don’t expect to experience a dental emergency, but accidents can happen with no warning. 1 in 6 Americans will suffer a dental emergency this year. Although you can’t always stop emergencies from occurring, you can take several steps to lessen your risk. Here are 6 ways you can prevent dental emergencies.

1. Practice Good Oral Hygiene

Accidents and injuries aren’t the only culprits of emergent dental problems. Many are the result of untreated dental issues, like cavities or gum disease. 

Good oral hygiene is the best way to keep tooth decay and infections at bay. Brush your teeth for at least 2 minutes using a soft-bristled toothbrush and fluoride toothpaste. Floss your teeth at least once per day.

2. Visit Your Dentist

Besides caring for your mouth at home, commit to visiting your dentist every 6 months for a cleaning and checkup. Your dentist will examine your mouth and review X-rays to look for anything concerning, like gum inflammation, weakened enamel, or a failing restoration. They can prevent a small issue from turning into a big problem.

3. Watch What You Eat

Your teeth are strong, but they aren’t indestructible. It’s best to limit hard foods that can damage your teeth. Limit your consumption of sugars and starches to lessen your risk of tooth decay.

4. Wear an Athletic Mouthguard

600,000 people end up in a hospital ER every year from sports-related dental injuries. An athlete is 60 times more likely to experience a dental emergency when not wearing an athletic mouthguard. An athletic mouthguard protects your teeth, jaw, and oral structures if there’s trauma to your mouth. It can even lessen your risk of concussions.

5. Treat Teeth Grinding

Years of grinding and clenching your teeth can weaken your enamel and loosen your teeth. It can also lead to toothaches and jaw pain. A nightguard provides a barrier between the upper and lower arches to protect your teeth.

6. Break Bad Oral Habits

If you enjoy crunching ice or chewing on your fingernails when you’re anxious, you’re at risk of a dental emergency. Break any bad oral habits that can damage your teeth, like chewing on inedible objects.

If you have a dental emergency, don’t wait to contact your dentist. They’ll get you into the office quickly to stop your pain and save your smile.

About Dr. Natalie Sigwart

Dr. Sigwart earned her dental degree from the University of Maryland Baltimore College of Dental Surgery, and she is committed to continuing her education regularly to provide up-to-date dental care. Dr. Sigwart is a proud member of several professional organizations, including the Academy of General Dentistry and the American Dental Association. Request an appointment through her website or call her office at (207) 383-2555.

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