Ways to Prevent Dental Emergency

Dental emergencies can happen at any time. However, if you practice good oral hygiene, you may be able to avoid many dental emergencies. Here are some ways to prevent them:

Practice Good Dental Hygiene Habits

Practicing excellent oral hygiene is the best way to prevent dental emergencies and reduce your risk for tooth decay, cavities, and even gum disease. Brushing your teeth twice daily with fluoride toothpaste can help remove plaque from the surface of your teeth and prevent the formation of cavities. Flossing also helps to remove plaque from between your teeth that a toothbrush cannot reach. Be sure to floss once per day before bed.

Regular Dental Visits

Visiting your dentist every six months for a checkup and cleaning can help prevent a number of emergencies. Even those who brush and floss daily may have plaque or tartar buildup that brushing alone can’t remove. During your checkup, our dentist will professionally clean your teeth to prevent decay and gum disease, as well as spot any signs of oral cancer early. Your dentist can also provide guidance on how to best care for your smile at home so you can avoid future problems.

Avoid Chewing Ice, Popcorn Kernels, and Hard Candy

Teeth are not designed for chewing hard foods or substances like ice and popcorn kernels. These foods can crack a tooth and even damage the enamel. If you eat these foods, limit the amount you eat, and always make sure to rinse your mouth with water afterward.

Hard candies can also break or damage your teeth. If you have a craving for a sticky sweet treat, grab a piece of soft chocolate instead!

Wear a Mouthguard

A mouthguard is a protective device that you wear over your teeth when you play sports or work on a job in which you might face the risk of a bad injury. Sports like football, hockey, and basketball are a few activities that can put you at high risk for oral damage. Also, jobs that require the use of heavy machinery can pose a risk of broken teeth, jaw fractures, and other problems. By wearing a mouthguard while you’re playing sports and working, you can minimize the risk of damage to your mouth. 

To find out more about the dental services offered at Doubletake Dental, call (801) 225-1002 or schedule an online consultation. You can also visit us at 163 N 400 W St A1, Orem, UT, 84057.


163 N 400 W St A1,
Orem, UT 84057

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