An injury or damage to your teeth can have some serious long term side effects. Some can even involve rather expensive restoration techniques and therapies. Here at Midtown Dental Arts we offer a few minor changes you can make in your daily habits to help prevent many oral emergencies. At the very least, you can be better prepared to provide quality first aid, should one occur.
One of the easiest changes to make is to curtail any bad habits like nibbling on pens and pencils or crunching on ice. This also extends to using your teeth as tools. Any of these activities can result in chips, cracks and fractures on multiple teeth.
It’s also a good idea wear a quality mouth guard when participating in rigorous athletic activities or contact sports. Many knocked out or cracked teeth could have been prevented by a simple mouth guard!
Grinding your teeth at night can result in chips, and fractures on the biting surfaces of your teeth. It could even cause TMJ disorder in the joints that hinge your mouth. In some cases, stress relief techniques or using a night guard when you to bed can alleviate symptoms and prevent further damage.
It’s also wise to stock your first aid kit with a few common oral healthcare items like waxed floss, salt packets and topical oral analgesic. Keeping this items readily at hand will help you be prepared for some common oral emergencies.
If you have questions about how to best prevent oral and dental emergencies you can always call Midtown Dental Arts’s office in Tulsa, Oklahoma at 918-747-8802 for a consultation.