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Can You Prevent a Tooth Emergency?

Posted on May 7th, 2019 by Dr. Peter Tomaselli

People can’t walk around with protective bubbles or be so careful as to not live life. Many times, a dental emergency can’t be helped; it’s something that just happens because of a freak accident or decay and other problems. Primarily, these emergencies include any problem with the mouth or teeth to alleviate/stop pain and save the tooth. These can include a knock-out or severe bleeding around the tooth, a severe toothache, infection signs that could indicate an abscess, or trauma to the mouth tissues or face.

Can You Avoid Emergencies?

Many people can avoid a tooth emergency, but those who play contact sports and do other physical activities that could mean taking a fall may still have an accident and knock out a tooth or have another issue. Along with such, decay can always rear its ugly head, even if you go for routine cleanings and keep up with oral hygiene at home.

Tips for Prevention

With that said, there are always ways that you can prevent emergencies from arising. For example, you should always visit your dentist twice a year, roughly every six months. They check for signs of decay and gum disease, which means you’re more likely to prevent these issues. Severe decay and periodontitis can lead to tooth loss, severe bleeding, or severe toothache.

Along with such, you should limit the number of sugary foods/beverages you consume each day; sugar is known to weaken the teeth, which can lead to the tooth falling or being knocked out or decay to set in quickly.

It’s also important to brush and floss; if you’re at risk for gum disease or decay, you may want to talk to your dentist about using a fluoride mouthwash that can help strengthen the tooth enamel, as well, which can help to prevent weak points and breakage.

Your dental professional can help you with routine care or a crisis. Visit your nearby dentist if you are currently experiencing an emergency.


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