At OnCall Dental in Hanford CA, we know that emergencies related to dental trauma can be especially stressful. Maybe you’ve suffered a traumatic sports injury, or simply taken a fall. Whatever the case, it can be quite alarming when a tooth becomes loose or falls out entirely due to an unexpected accident.
Our team has put together a very useful list of preventative measures you can take to ensure you never suffer one of these injuries. Check them out below!
Steps To Take
- Brush and Floss Often: The first step should be obvious, but a preventative measure you can always take is to increase the consistency and efficacy of your dental care routine. Make sure to use a soft-bristled toothbrush and traditional dental floss. Hard-bristled toothbrushes can damage enamel and floss picks don’t offer enough versatility to reach every corner of the tooth.
- Wear A Mouthguard: If you participate in any team sports or athletic activities, make sure to protect your mouth at all costs. If you wear a mouthguard, you are less likely to damage your jaw during an injury, whether it be a thrown elbow, an aggressive challenge, or a rough fall.
- Avoid Grinding Your Teeth: The strength and structure of your enamel determines how well it responds to a traumatic injury. It makes sense; weaker teeth tend to fall out with less force. So, a useful preventative step is to avoid grinding your teeth. Tooth grinding, or bruxism, can have many causes. Consider meditation, wearing a mouthguard while you sleep, and seeking professional care at our offices. If you stop grinding your teeth, your jaw will not lose enamel and will be more prepared for any trouble that comes its way.
- Avoid Sugary and Starchy Foods: In the same vein, avoiding sugary and starchy foods prevents acids from forming in your mouth. This way, you prevent cavities and broken teeth, which make your jaw more susceptible to tooth-loss during a traumatic injury.
If you’ve taken all these steps, and still found yourself in suffering from tooth trauma, OnCall Dental in Hanford CA can offer treatment for broken, cracked, and chipped teeth. Patients also come to us for tooth extractions and other emergency dental services. Walk-ins are welcome! Contact us today!
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