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How to Prevent a Dental Emergency – Plymouth, MA

The Keys to Protecting Your Smile

In some cases, dental emergencies are inevitable. No matter what precautions an individual takes, they might find themselves in need of urgent professional oral health care. In most cases, however, dental emergencies are preventable. That is why we have put together the following information. Applying these tips in your everyday life will greatly reduce your chances of facing a sudden, frightening, and painful dental health crisis.

Maintain a Great Dental Care Routine

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A great dental care routine is the foundation of a healthy mouth. It can prevent small dental problems that would develop into big problems if left untreated. Some fundamental elements of a great dental care routine include:

Do Not Bite Down on Anything Extremely Hard

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Tooth enamel is the hardest substance in the human body. However, it is also rather brittle, which means that it is prone to breakage if it is exposed to too much force. Therefore, you should do your best to avoid biting down on anything hard, like ice cubes or jawbreaker candies. When you are eating bone-in meat, be careful that you do not accidentally bite down on the bone.

Of course, it is also important that you avoid biting down on hard, non-food items. For example, you should never chew on pencils or your fingernails. If you have such habits, you might be able to curb them by chewing on sugar-free gum instead.

Get a Mouthguard for Sports and Bedtime

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If you play any type of sports, even non-contact sports, you should invest in a custom mouthguard. Not only will the mouthguard reduce the risk of injury to your teeth and soft tissues in your mouth, but it will also reduce your chances of suffering a concussion. Store-bought mouthguards are not nearly as effective at preventing injuries as ones that a dentist designs.

You might also consider purchasing a mouthguard to wear a night. Such a device, sometimes called a nightguard, is specifically designed to stop bruxism (nighttime teeth grinding). By placing a barrier between your teeth, a nightguard can save your enamel from premature wear and tear.

Do Not Open Containers with Your Teeth

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It can be tempting to use your teeth to tear the tags off your new outfit or to rip open stubborn packages. However, doing so exposes your teeth to far more force than they were intended to endure. You could easily end up chipping a tooth or even injuring your oral soft tissues. If you often use your teeth to open containers, you might find it handy to purchase a small multi-tool that you can keep in your pocket or purse.

Our team is ready to help you if you face a dental emergency, but we would prefer that you prevent such emergencies altogether by applying the above tips.

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