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How to Prevent a Dental Emergency – Manchester, CT

Protect Your Smile from Disaster

Some dental emergencies are inevitable. In most cases, however, a few simple precautions are all that is necessary to protect your teeth and gums from a dire situation. In the following sections, we outline some measures you can take to greatly reduce your chances of facing a dental emergency. If you have questions about what you read, or you would like personalized guidance on how to safeguard your smile, contact First Line Dental directly.

Maintain a Great Dental Care Routine

couple brushing and flossing

Many dental emergencies are the result of small problems, such as cavities, that went uncared for and thus developed into larger problems. Hence, it is important that you do all you can to prevent such issues from occurring in the first place. Twice-daily brushing and daily flossing are essential. Visiting a dentist twice a year for a checkup is also vital; regular preventive appointments will give your dentist the opportunity repair minor oral health issues before they lead to an emergency.

Do Not Bite Down on Anything Extremely Hard

ice between teeth

Do you like to chew on ice, or do you have a taste for hard candy? Biting down on such hard items runs the risk that you will break one of your teeth. If you love ice, it is best to suck on it rather than bite it, and you should avoid hard candies to the extent possible. Also, you should never use your teeth to crack open nutshells, trim your fingernails, or accomplish other tasks that are better left to tools that are meant for that specific purpose.

Get a Mouthguard for Sports and Bedtime

man with mouthguard

Regardless of what type of sport you play, even if it is a non-contact sport, you should invest in a custom mouthguard. Not only will the mouthguard reduce the risk of injury to your teeth and gums, but it could also reduce your risk of concussion. If you grind your teeth at night, ask your dentist about getting a custom nightguard that will stop your teeth from contacting each other and thereby prevent premature wear and tear on your enamel.

Do Not Open Containers with Your Teeth

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It can be tempting to use your teeth to open packages or to tear the tags off your new outfit. You should remember, however, that although tooth enamel is very hard, it is also quite brittle. That means it can easily chip or crack if it is exposed too much force. You might find it useful to carry a small multi-tool with you that you can use open containers and accomplish other, similar tasks.

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