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How to Prevent Dental Emergencies – Terrell, TX

Keep Your Smile Safe & Avoid Pain

The best way to deal with a dental emergency is by avoiding it altogether! While preventing them completely is impossible, there are some steps you can take to minimize your risk of dental emergencies. However, if one does in fact happen, call our office right away for treatment. We have a team of emergency dentistry specialists ready to provide you with relief. Until then, remember these helpful tips for a safe and healthy smile.

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Be Careful About What You Eat

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While problems like toothaches may seem sudden, they’re usually caused by poor dental hygiene. Cavities can easily turn into infection, which is why it’s important to watch out for certain foods that put your smile at risk for tooth decay. This can be easily done by cutting down on sugary foods like candy, ice cream, pastries, and other sweets. Of course, you can indulge every now and then, but you should be especially wary of extra hard or sticky candy that stays in your mouth for long periods of time. You can also sip sugary drinks through a straw to avoid unnecessary contact with your teeth.

Additionally, be careful about biting down or chewing extra hard foods like peppermints or ice cubes. Lastly, avoid bad habits like chewing on nonfood items such as toothpicks, pencils, plastics, and other materials that can damage your enamel.

Get Some Added Protection

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Sports like football, hockey, and martial arts can be dangerous for your smile, putting you at risk of loose, broken, or knocked out teeth. Even other activities like baseball, figure skating, or playing around on the playground (for children) can cause broken teeth, lost teeth, and other dental injuries. If you participate in physical activity, be sure to wear a mouthguard for protection.

You may also need protection for your teeth while you sleep in the form of a nightguard. Teeth grinding, also called bruxism, can weaken your dental structure. This will eventually lead to cracked and broken teeth if they aren’t shielded. A nightguard can provide your teeth and jaw with some relief while you sleep.

Maintain Good Oral Hygiene

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While dental emergencies are never 100% preventable, the best way to set your smile up for safety is to practice a consistent oral healthcare routine. Brush your teeth twice a day, for two minutes each session. Additionally, be sure to floss once a day to remove lingering plaque and bacteria in between your teeth. Lastly, ensure that you’re coming to our office for biannual checkups and cleanings. We are experienced in preventing and detecting oral health issues before they become more serious.

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