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WHAT ARE TIPS TO PREVENT A DENTAL EMERGENCY?

Posted by Jack Fan Oct 04, 2021

Some people don’t like being surprised, even if it’s about something that isn’t bad like walking in at their own birthday party. What about being caught off-guard by something that’s definitely bad news?

Nobody wants to be presented with a dental emergency. While nothing is assured in life, at least there are steps you can take to lessen your chances that you find your oral health in dire straits.

Keep reading to get some helpful tips on how you can avoid a dental emergency in South Austin.

  • DON’T DISREGARD ANY PERSISTENT DENTAL PAIN OR CHANGES TO IT

A nagging toothache is a sign that something is wrong. Don’t brush it off if the pain goes away because a severe tooth infection can sometimes kill the nerve. It’s worth visiting your dentist just in case it ends up making a difference. Be aware of any changes to your gums or oral tissues; a sore that isn’t healing should be mentioned to your dentist.

  • REPLACE YOUR TOOTHBRUSH IN CONSISTENT INTERVALS

It’s generally best to replace your toothbrush every 2-3 months but do it sooner if the bristles begin to look worn. If your toothbrush is too tattered, it will not effectively clean your teeth. Most electric toothbrushes have built-in wear indicators.

  • DON’T FORGET TO CLEAN BETWEEN YOUR TEETH

Dental floss is the most well-known option here, but you could also go with interdental brushes, soft picks, or a Waterpik. The problem with not flossing regularly is you are leaving about one-third of your tooth surfaces uncleaned, greatly increasing your risk of tooth decay and gum disease.

  • REDUCE YOUR SUGAR CONSUMPTION

Snacking on sugary foods increases the acidity in your mouth. The acid weakens your tooth enamel to set the stage for cavities. Even if you don’t quit eating sweets, simply having them with your main meal instead of on their own is better for your teeth.

  • IF YOU PLAY SPORTS, WEAR A MOUTHGUARD

Dentists see numerous injuries each year with people who were playing sports without a mouthguard. Even in practices, if there is a risk factor you should have your mouthguard in to avoid getting teeth knocked out. Mouthguards that are custom-made by dentists are comfortable to wear and don’t obstruct breathing.

It’s easy not to worry about a problem until it’s on your doorstep, but then when you are actually in an emergency situation there will be a lot of regret about what you could’ve done differently. If you are diligent about your oral hygiene and promptly inform your dentist in South Austin of any problems, that can make all the difference in helping you steer clear of struggles later on.

ABOUT THE AUTHOR

Dr. Jack Fan enjoys going home every night knowing that he was able to help patients look and feel better by improving their smiles. He knows a treatment went well when it is difficult to distinguish the tooth he was working on from the other ones afterward. Dr. Fan earned his dental doctorate from New Jersey University, and he still regularly attends continuing education programs to further his clinical knowledge and learn the latest techniques in dentistry for the sake of his patients. If you ever require an emergency dentist, Dr. Fan offers same-day care, is open during the evening, is highly experienced in providing comfortable care, and utilizes state-of-the-art technology to get you on the road to recovery. For an emergency, a dental cleaning and exam, or a specific treatment, visit his website or call (512) 361-4288.

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