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Tips To Prevent Injuries to Teeth and Gums

dental emergency Clearwater FLYour oral health is a complex and thriving system that is meant to last a lifetime. Unfortunately, accidents do happen, and issues arise which require a visit to the emergency dentist. However, taking a proactive approach to your oral health can help avoid a dental emergency and improve your oral health. Your teeth and gums are vital to proper speech, they help you eat and they improve your appearance. Here are some tips to help you prevent injuries to your teeth and gums while vigilantly safeguarding your oral health.

See Your Dentist Regularly

Regular dental check-ups and cleanings will keep your teeth and gums healthy. It also allows the dentist to monitor your enamel which is the protective layer that strengthens teeth. If enamel loss is aggressive it may be necessary to take corrective action. The loss of tooth enamel can make teeth brittle and more susceptible to damage or decay. Regular cleanings and dental check-ups help keep teeth and gums strong and healthy.

Use Proper Protective Equipment

Research shows that up to fifty-percent of children have a sports-related accident which results in a dental emergency during their childhood. The best way to reduce your chances of injury is to use the proper protective equipment during sports and vigorous activities. People often wear helmets and safety glasses, but they forget the importance of a mouth guard.

A mouth guard helps cushion an impact to the facial area, protecting the teeth and gums. There are generics available, but it is best to acquire a custom mouth guard from your dentist. A custom mouth guard is designed to fit the specific contours of your mouth, offering the maximum protection available for your teeth and gums. Wearing a customized guard also means you get enjoy a more secure and comfortable fit.

It is always best to take a proactive approach to your oral health. Your teeth and gums are precious, so you should protect them. Avoid using your teeth as tools to open things and putting non-food items in your mouth. Steer clear of crunching on ice and biting your nails to avoid chipped teeth or abrasions in the soft oral cavity. If you do have an accident and need an emergency dentist, call our office immediately.

Don’t Be Blindsided With A Dental Emergency

dental emergency ClearwaterA dental emergency can be stressful and even frightening. However, if you are prepared, you’ll be able to act more quickly and ensure a better outcome. By preparing for this type of emergency in the same way you would any other emergency or accident, you can improve your reaction and be sure any injuries are taken care of promptly.

What Constitutes a Dental Emergency?

A dental emergency occurs whenever there is an injury to the mouth, teeth, or facial bones. In the case of this type of injury, you should respond with first aid just as you would with any other type of injury. If the injury appears to be serious, you should see a doctor or emergency dentist right away. In cases of less serious injury, you can make an appointment to see a dentist as soon as possible.

  • Common dental emergencies include:
  • Trauma due to a fall
  • Injuries incurred during a motor vehicle accident
  • Injuries incurred during contact sports
  • A broken filling or crown
  • A filling or crown that has fallen out

If you are injured because of a fall or an accident, you will probably need to see a doctor or dentist, depending upon the severity of the injuries. If there is excessive bleeding, excessive discomfort, or if there appear to be any broken bones, you should see a doctor right away.

Being Prepared for a Dental Emergency

You can be prepared for a dental emergency by having a first aid kit specially equipped to deal with this type of injury. This first aid kit should include:

  • Soft gauze to control bleeding
  • Toothpaste or a denture adhesive to hold crowns or broken fillings in place
  • A small cup you can fill with water or milk to preserve a knocked-out tooth
  • Antiseptic mouthwash
  • The phone number of your emergency dentist

If you keep these items and this information on hand at all times, you will be better equipped to handle an emergency if it occurs. With this type of preparation, you can ensure the best possible outcome.

Contact our office in Clearwater today to get more tips.

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