How Can You Prevent Dental Emergencies?

Posted by WESTWOOD FAMILY DENTAL GROUP on Jul 24 2022, 08:13 PM

A dental emergency is any unexpected problem that poses an immediate threat to your oral health. If you have a dental emergency, it’s important to seek care as soon as possible to avoid further damage to your smile.

However, there are ways to prevent dental emergencies, that include:

Regular Dental Checkups

The best way to avoid emergency visits is to practice good oral hygiene and to visit your dentist for routine checkups. In fact, the American Dental Association (ADA) recommends that patients must visit their dentist at least twice per year for a checkup. Other reasons for a checkup include:

  • Preventative treatments
  • Cosmetic treatments
  • Oral Cancer Screenings

If it’s been a while since your last visit, call our dental office in Draper, Utah. With proper dental care, we can help you maintain your oral health and avoid serious dental issues.

Brushing Your Teeth

You can prevent many dental emergencies by brushing your teeth twice a day. You should brush for at least two minutes each time. Be sure to use a soft-bristled toothbrush and fluoridated toothpaste. Be sure to clean every surface of every tooth, including your back teeth.

Flossing Your Teeth

Flossing your teeth helps in keeping your teeth and gums healthy. It is also a great way to remove debris trapped between the teeth. Brushing alone cannot remove this debris.

You should floss at least once a day. Flossing at night is especially important because it removes any debris that has accumulated throughout the day.

Using Mouthwash

Mouthwash keeps your teeth clean and healthy, which prevents cavities and gum disease. It also freshens your breath. 

Limiting Sugary Foods and Drinks

Sugary drinks like soda and juice are major culprits in the rise of tooth decay and other oral health complications. Avoiding these drinks is one of the best things you can do to protect your teeth. If you must drink soda, make sure you use a straw so that the beverage doesn’t sit on your teeth. Straws keep your teeth away from the liquid, which helps limit the contact between soda and your teeth.

Avoid Using Tobacco Products

Tobacco products are a leading cause of tooth loss. They can cause cavities, gum damage, and mouth cancer. Tobacco products also decrease your ability to heal after dental problems. This is because tobacco weakens your immune system.

If you use tobacco, the best thing you can do for your dental health is to stop smoking. However, if that isn’t possible, you should at least try to cut back. Mouthwash, mints, gum, and lozenges can help you to reduce the amount of time you spend using tobacco products.

Oral Health and Diabetes

People with diabetes are at a higher risk of oral health issues. The disease can affect your teeth and gums, making it challenging to effectively care for your teeth and gums. So, visit your dentist regularly and maintain good oral hygiene at home.

Call us at (801) 716-7006, request an appointment online, or walk into our office at 11576 S State St Suite #1201, Draper, UT 84020. Our team of doctors, hygienists, and coordinators will ensure you get the best care.

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