The team at Coco Dental Center wants you to know that taking care of your oral health is of the utmost importance. This means offering immediate care when you need it most. But who wants to undergo an emergency dental visit if they don’t have to? Accidents happen and while not all are preventable, there are things you can do to protect your smile from possible injury.
Hard, crunchy foods can wreak havoc on your teeth if you’re not careful. Biting into these objects can lead to chipped, cracked, or broken teeth, resulting in everything from a dental crown to a possible root canal. These types of dental injuries can put you at risk for tooth decay and serious infection if left untreated, so instead of reaching for that hard, candy apple or cup of ice, opt for softer foods or those that won’t put unnecessary pressure on your teeth. Maintaining a well-balanced diet of leafy greens, lean proteins, dairy, fruits, and vegetables will not only help to combat tooth decay, cavities, and gum disease, but it will also help to strengthen your tooth enamel!
If you enjoy playing sports, you need a way to protect your teeth from a hard-hitting tackle. Wearing a sportsguard is one of the best ways to reduce possible injury and keep your teeth and soft oral tissues safe. While damage can still occur depending on the severity of the hit, these oral devices significantly lessen the impact, keeping you from having to make an emergency visit to your dentist.
Maybe it isn’t sports you’re worried about though. Instead, you’re prone to teeth grinding or clenching at night. If bruxism is the problem, talk to your dentist about a custom-made nightguard. These devices make it possible to prevent teeth from contacting each other throughout the night, preventing excessive wear and tear (ultimately, tooth sensitivity), and chronic jaw pain.
Brushing, flossing, and rinsing are three of the most effective ways to combat dental injuries. By choosing to keep your smile clean, you’re removing harmful bacteria and food particles that can become trapped and lead to tooth decay, gum disease, and cavities. Not to mention, if you use fluoride toothpaste (which you should), you will be protecting against decay and strengthening your tooth enamel at the same time!
A good oral hygiene routine can take your smile a long way. Not only will you enjoy a more confident, healthy appearance, but you’ll be staying out of the dentist’s chair and using your hard-earned money on more fun and exciting things instead of on restorative or emergency dentistry.