Tips To Prevent Dental Emergencies

Posted by Soos Creek Dental on Dec 7 2022, 09:17 PM

A dental emergency is a sudden infection and painful condition that requires immediate attention from a dentist or oral surgeon. Some examples of dental emergencies include:

  • Pain and swelling in the gums
  • Toothaches
  • Knocked-out tooth
  • Broken, loose, or lost fillings
  • Broken jaw
  • Abscessed teeth
  • An injury to the face that has affected the mouth and/or teeth

Many dental emergencies can be avoided by practicing good oral hygiene habits, such as brushing twice a day and flossing daily. Cavities are one of the most common causes of dental pain because they allow bacteria to grow inside the mouth and cause infections. Visiting the dentist twice a year for regular checkups and cleanings can also prevent toothaches and other painful conditions from occurring.

Tips To Prevent Dental Emergencies

  • Don’t wait until you have a dental emergency to visit your dentist! Scheduling regular checkups and professional cleanings can prevent many common emergencies, including infections and broken teeth.
  • Brush your teeth twice a day with a soft-bristled toothbrush and toothpaste with fluoride. Flossing at least once a day will help remove plaque from between teeth and along the gum line. Mouthwash can be used in addition to brushing and flossing for added protection for teeth and gums.
  • Avoid eating sugary and starchy foods – these foods can cause tooth decay and cavities. Drink water rather than soda or fruit juice, which can erode tooth enamel. Cut back on snacks in between meals, and limit your intake of candy and other sweets. These foods aren’t good for your smile or your waistline.
  • Wear a mouthguard during sports or other physical activities to help prevent injury to your mouth. If you grind your teeth at night, talk to your dentist about getting a night guard to protect your teeth while you sleep.
  • If you have the habit of chewing ice or fingernails due to stress, stop doing it. Consider picking up some stress balls or other items to ease your stress instead of chewing on ice cubes or fingernails. If your teeth become cracked or damaged from using them as a biting tool, our dentist may recommend having them repaired with a dental crown at our dental office.

If you do experience a dental emergency, it’s important to call your dentist right away so they can provide treatment and prevent your condition from becoming worse. Some common treatment options for a dental emergency include root canal therapy, tooth extractions, and restorations like crowns and bridges.

To learn more about good oral care habits, schedule a consultation with Dr. Singh by calling Soos Creek Dental at (253) 631-8241 or visiting our office located at 17615 SE 272nd St, Covington, WA 98042.

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