Tips to Avoid a Dental Emergency

woman holds her jaw in pain with a dental emergency

Dental emergencies can throw a wrench in your oral health and leave you with long-term tooth damage. At Artistic Dentistry, we recommend doing everything you can to avoid dental emergencies altogether. We understand that accidents happen, and you can’t expect the unexpected. However, there are some steps you can take to help reduce your chances of having a dental emergency. Keep reading to learn more!

1. Maintain Great At-Home Oral Health

Keeping your smile in tip-top shape starts at home! You should brush your teeth at least twice a day for two minutes each session and floss daily. Regular brushing and flossing can help prevent plaque and tartar buildup which causes cavities and decay.

2. Eat Healthy & Drink Plenty Water

Make sure you are incorporating a lot of vitamins and nutrients into your diet! Great nutrition can help keep your teeth and gums healthy and strong. Hydration is also crucial for long-term oral health because it prevents dry mouth. Chronic dry mouth creates an acidic environment inside the mouth that breeds cavities.

3. Wear a Mouthguard

Sports-related injuries are the leading cause of dental emergencies. If you’re involved in a contact sport, we recommend wearing a custom-fitted mouthguard to protect your smile. Mouthguards will absorb the force from an elbow or a ball hitting your teeth or jaw. They also help prevent your teeth from breaking or chipping if they come into contact with a moving object.

4. Attend Regular Dental Checkups

You should visit the dentist twice a year for your biannual cleanings and exams. Professional cleanings remove any plaque or tartar buildup and re-polish the teeth to give them back a healthy sheen. Oral exams allow your dentist to look over your mouth to ensure you don’t have any oral health issues that need to be treated. Biannual checkups are crucial for catching dental issues early on before they lead to more serious dental concerns or, potentially, emergencies.

Overdue for your next dental checkup? Our Artistic Dentistry team would love to help you get your smile back on track! Our mission is to help each patient maintain a healthy smile and avoid any severe dental issues or injuries. Please contact us today!

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