Tips to Prevent Dental Emergencies

Posted by Gorham & Ammarell Dentistry on Feb 28 2023, 06:13 AM

Dental emergencies can happen at any time. It can happen to anyone. There are some common dental emergencies that can affect anyone. Listed below are ways to prevent dental emergencies:

Practice Good Oral Hygiene

For optimal oral health, you should brush your teeth at least twice a day and floss daily. Brushing and flossing your teeth each day keeps food particles from building up between teeth and along the gum line. By removing plaque and food particles, you reduce your risk for tooth decay and gum disease. Your smile stays healthy for your entire life when you maintain good oral health. Brushing alone only cleans about two-thirds of the surface of your teeth. Brushing and flossing help to remove additional plaque and germs that the toothbrush cannot reach. In addition, you should visit your dentist for regular checkups and professional cleanings. If you do these things, your risk of oral health issues will be minimal. However, poor oral hygiene is still one of the most common causes of dental health emergencies. This is why it's so important to brush and floss each day.

Use the Right Toothbrush

Brushing your teeth at least twice a day can protect your mouth from cavities and gum disease, but proper brushing techniques are critical. A soft-bristled brush is best for cleaning teeth, while a hard-bristled brush is reserved for cleaning between teeth and along the gum line. Replace your brush every couple of months or once the bristles start to fray. Also, don't share your toothbrush with anyone! Sharing bacteria can lead to painful infections.

Control Your Diabetes

Diabetes can make it harder for your body to fight infection and heal from damage to your teeth. And with certain medications used to treat diabetes, it can be harder for your saliva glands to produce enough spit to keep your mouth clean. Visit your dentist regularly for cleanings and professional checkups to help prevent problems before they happen. If a problem does happen, treat it as soon as you can to prevent further damage. Look for a dentist who's experienced in treating patients with diabetes. Ask how you can better manage your condition under professional care.

Avoid Tobacco Products

Tobacco products increase the risk of oral cancer and gum disease by attacking the tissues in the mouth. If you have oral lesions or sores, avoid tobacco use of any kind. If you do use tobacco, talk to your dentist about quitting so you can get better peace of mind and a better smile!

To find out more about the dental services offered at Gorham & Ammarell Dentistry, call (615) 327-4914 or schedule an online consultation. You can also visit us at 124 30th Ave N, Nashville, TN 37203.

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