How to Prevent Dental Emergencies – Annapolis, MD
Avoid Decayed and Broken Teeth
The best way to save your teeth from being damaged in a dental emergency is to avoid the emergency altogether! While not every dental emergency is 100% preventable, substituting bad oral habits for healthy ones can significantly decrease your chances of one occurring. Our dentists can offer plenty of advice when it comes to protecting your teeth from infection or injury. Keep in mind, though, that if an emergency does end up happening, you can always contact us for same-day emergency treatment.
Be Careful What You Eat
If you have a cavity that doesn’t get treated in a timely manner, that infection can spread to the inner chamber of the tooth, known as the dental pulp, and cause a severe toothache. To prevent this, you need to be extra careful about the food and drinks you’re consuming. Naturally, that means cutting back on how much sugar you eat and drink. Of course, everything is fine in moderation, but be sure to brush after consuming something high in sugar. Also, sip sugary drinks through a straw to minimize direct contact with your teeth.
Additionally, it’s a good idea to avoid biting down on anything that’s too hard, which includes hard candies and nuts, as you could break your teeth. For the same reason, you shouldn’t use your teeth as tools to hold bags or open packages.
Get Some Added Protection
Contact sports like football can easily lead to mouth injuries, resulting in a broken or even knocked-out tooth. Since accidents like these can unfortunately be extremely common, it’s imperative that your mouth is protected during these sporting events. Ask us about crafting a custom-made mouthguard to wear during physical activity to protect your smile.
Your teeth might also be at risk for damage while you’re asleep. You may suffer from a condition known as bruxism, where you unconsciously grind your teeth at night. Bruxism can lead to accelerated wear and tear of the enamel and even broken teeth. Avoiding damage from this condition is as simple as asking us for a nightguard designed to fit your unique bite. This plastic tray will keep your top and bottom teeth from making harmful contact during the night.
Maintain Excellent Oral Hygiene
An extraction may be necessary if your tooth reaches the point of serious decay in its pulp, but the good news is that this type of dental emergency is almost entirely preventable with good oral hygiene habits. Use a fluoridated toothpaste to brush your teeth twice a day for two minutes at a time. Don’t forget to floss every day as well; doing so is the only way to remove food debris, bacteria, and plaque from between your teeth and along your gumline.