Preventing Dental Emergencies – Los Angeles, CA
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We understand that dental emergencies can happen when you least expect them. But just like any type of emergency, there are precautions you can take to better prepare yourself in the event that your tooth begins to ache or you suffer an oral injury. Below, Dr. Les Latner has included a few tips to keep in mind if you want to avoid a dental emergency, lower your overall dental care costs, and ensure your smile stays intact for many years to come.
Preventing Tooth Decay and Broken Teeth
While it’s impossible to completely remove the risk of a dental emergency, there are key ways to prevent the worst forms of tooth decay and gum disease. In the event that your teeth are damaged in any way, no matter how minor they might be, don’t hesitate to give our office a call. When a tooth is damaged, it only breaks down further the longer you go without receiving treatment. For example, a tooth with a minor amount of decay will continue to break down until it needs a dental crown or root canal therapy. The sooner you get a problematic tooth taken care of, the lower your risk of an actual dental emergency occurring will become.
Be Mindful of Your Diet
Diet is just as much of a factor that influences your oral health as your at-home oral care. For example, those with cavities should not be consuming foods containing large amounts of sugar. While it’s fine to indulge once in a while, whether it be ice cream or candy, the trick is to not make it a habit. Take note of how you consume certain foods and beverages as well. It helps to drink soda through a straw, for example, in order to redirect contact with your teeth. You’ll also want to be careful of how you eat certain foods. Don’t bite down too hard, especially if eating popcorn, peppermints, or nuts. This could easily result in a broken tooth.
Get Protection When You Need It
Do you play high-contact sports, such as football, hockey, basketball, martial arts or field hockey? If so, you need to have the right protective gear to avoid having your teeth chipped, cracked or knocked-out. With a custom-made mouthguard, you can reduce harm caused by sporting activities, which is among the most common causes of dental emergencies.
Additionally, if you find yourself waking up with sensitive teeth or a sore jaw, you could be grinding or clenching your teeth in your sleep. If this is the case, a nightguard needs to be worn throughout the night.
Maintain Strict Oral Care
Always brush twice a day using a fluoridated toothpaste and soft-bristled toothbrush. Brush for at least two minutes at a time. Floss daily, ideally before bed, to remove plaque and tartar from the hard-to-reach areas of the mouth. On top of your oral care routine, you should be visiting our office at least once every six months to have your exams and professional cleanings completed.