Preventing Dental Emergencies – Medford, OR
Helping You Avoid a Trip To The Emergency Dentist
Dental emergencies are stressful to handle, which is why people typically try to avoid them at all costs. In some situations, patients have bad habits, like nail-biting or aggressive brushing, that are putting their smile at risk and they aren’t even aware. That’s why we do our best to educate everyone that walks through our door on how they’re able to prevent a dental emergency from occurring. We’ve also highlighted some easy precautionary steps you can take below!
Avoid Chewing Or Biting Down On Hard Items
Whenever you shew on the tip of a pen, bite your nails, or open up a wrapper or package with your teeth, you’re risking dental damage or enamel erosion that causes tooth sensitivity. Although these seem like small actions that won’t result in serious harm to your mouth, it’s better to be safe than sorry and grab a pair of scissors instead. It’s also a good idea to be mindful of the foods you’re chewing on, especially if they’re chewy or hard.
Stick To Your Oral Hygiene Routine At Home
Good at-home oral hygiene can go a long way in preventing the formation of cavities and gum disease. In order to keep your teeth and gums healthy and ward off the threat of lingering issues, it’s important to follow these daily practices:
- Brush for twice a day with fluoride toothpaste for at least two minutes.
- Floss every day.
- Rinse with antibacterial mouthwash every day.
- Try to substitute healthy snacks for sugary foods whenever possible.
- Stay hydrated with water.
Keep Up With Your Semi-Annual Checkups & Cleanings
Even if you have great at-home oral hygiene, it’s still vital to come in for checkups and cleanings with a professional every six months. Our team utilizes specially-crafted instruments, such as dental mirrors and scalers to clean hard-to-reach areas of your mouth that your toothbrush may not be able to. That way, we can prevent bacteria and plaque buildup that can lead to decay.