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How To Prevent a Dental Emergency – Pasadena, TX

Keeping Your Mouth Protected From Harm

Dental emergencies are unfortunate, yet, common occurrences. From busted lips to cracked or chipped teeth, you rely on the expertise of your dental professional to help you find relief from the pain and restore your imperfect smile. But wouldn’t it be nice to know how to prevent these accidents from happening in the first place? After all, you already take certain steps to avoid injury in other areas of your daily life, right? Wearing a seatbelt in the car and looking both ways before crossing the road are just a few examples of how you can avoid or significantly lessen the likeliness of disaster, so why not heed a few tips to keep your mouth better protected? At Town Square Dental, Dr. Nguyen is happy to be of assistance and has provided some useful recommendations you can follow to prevent a dental emergency.

Be Careful What You Eat

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Hard, crunchy foods can cause much damage to your teeth, causing them to break, chip, or become fractured if you’re not careful. Chewing on ice or inanimate objects can do the same. It’s important that you are mindful of what you eat. Even though you might enjoy a piece of peanut brittle every now and then or biting into a juicy apple, these food items can be problematic for your smile. Speaking of peanut brittle, let’s not forget the amount of sugar and/or starch contained in most of these hard, crunchy foods. This can make you more susceptible to tooth decay, cavities, and gum disease if left on your teeth too long.

If possible, try to cut up large, hard pieces of food to make them more manageable and easier to eat. Otherwise, try to avoid them as much as possible.

Seek Protection for Your Mouth

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Sports-related injuries and bruxism (teeth grinding or clenching) can result in a host of problems, including:

  • Chipped/Cracked Teeth
  • Extruded or Knocked-Out Teeth
  • Broken or Fractured Jaw
  • Excessive Wear and Tear on Teeth
  • Soft Tissue Lacerations

While some of the above items may be more likely to occur due to sports or outdoor activities, the solution to prevent all of them is the same – a mouthguard. These custom-made oral devices are great for protecting smiles. If teeth grinding is the problem, make sure to wear your mouthpiece at night while asleep. This will keep the teeth from coming into contact with each other and reduce any possible jaw pain.

If sports are your thing, wearing a mouthguard can lessen the impact should you be hit during a football game or spiked with a volleyball.

Keep Your Teeth and Gums Clean

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Good oral hygiene is probably one of the best ways to protect your smile from an accident. While it might not sound reasonable, stronger, healthier teeth are more likely to have greater durability should an injury occur. Brushing your teeth twice a day for two minutes, flossing at least once a day, and rinsing with an antimicrobial mouthwash is a great way to keep your smile looking and feeling its best as well as give it the protection it needs.