In most situations, it is always better to be proactive than reactive. When it comes to a dental emergency, this theory is most definitely true. While it is comforting to know that Dr. Jeremy Borsky and his team will be right there to assist should a crisis arise, you can have greater peace of mind knowing how to prevent common dental injuries in the first place. Although not all accidents are avoidable, he and his team have provided several useful tips that may just keep you and your family out of the dentist's chair. If you have any questions about the information provided, please do not hesitate to contact our office.
Instead of using your teeth to tear open that difficult package, why not reach for the scissors? After all, they are a tool and designed to open packages and other types of containers. By choosing your teeth over tools, you are opening yourself up to excessive wear and tear on your teeth, which can lead to thinning of the enamel, tooth sensitivity, and yellowing of the teeth. Not to mention, you could accidentally cut your soft oral tissues (i.e. tongue, cheek, gums, lips), so save your teeth and opt for the scissors instead.
Maintaining a well-balanced, nutrient-rich diet will prove beneficial to your teeth and gums, but if you are prone to eating too much sugar, you could quickly find yourself in the dentist’s chair awaiting a filling or dental crown. But maybe it’s not sugar but instead, ice. This and other hard food objects can be damaging to your teeth, causing them to chip, crack, or even break if you’re not careful. It’s also best to stay away from chewing on inanimate objects like pens or pencils if you want to avoid a possible root canal or crown fitting.
Bruxism is a common dental problem for many children and adults, which is why it’s important to speak to your dentist about a customized mouthguard. Instead of opting for a one-size-fits-all device found in stores, a custom-made oral appliance will ensure a comfortable fit while wearing it during the day or at night. Your teeth will be protected by not coming into contact, preventing grinding and clenching that causes wear and tear and can lead to chronic jaw pain.
But if it isn’t bruxism you’re concerned about, you may still want a mouthguard if you enjoy playing sports or engaging in outdoor activities. Sports-related injuries account for most dental emergencies, so it’s important that you protect your teeth, gums, and mouth from hard-hitting tackles and spiked volleyballs.
It doesn’t matter if you are exhausted from a restless night’s sleep, making sure you brush your teeth, floss, and rinse are imperative to maintaining optimal oral health. By brushing for a full two minutes in the morning and at night, you are removing harmful bacteria, food particles, and dried saliva from the surfaces of your teeth. Add in flossing and you improve the state of your mouth by eliminating these same problems from in-between your teeth. Think you’re finished? Not a chance. Rinsing with an ADA-approved mouthwash will ensure your mouth is fully clean and refreshed, flushing out anything that brushing and flossing may have missed.
In maintaining a solid oral hygiene routine, you will strengthen your tooth enamel (if brushing with fluoride toothpaste) as well as prevent cavities, tooth decay, and gum disease from forming.