Plain and Simple: You’re Worth It!
From head to toe to teeth, you’re worth it! Dental emergencies can be frightening and uncomfortable for those who encounter them. Emergencies often have the worst possible timing, causing a serious inconvenience to your day or even your week. Keeping the mantra in mind that “I’m worth it!” can help you prevent dental emergencies in the long run.
The Golden Rule to Preventing Dental Emergencies
There is one rule that rules above all the other rules when it comes to preventing dental emergencies. What is it? It’s “take care of your teeth daily.” Staying on top of your oral health is a sure-fire way to help prevent an emergency dental visit. Although it can be tough to keep your oral health routine in practice, remember that you are so worth the time and care that it takes. Down the road, consistency keeps cavities, tooth loss, and other uncomfortable dental issues away. You’ll find that it’s not so bad after all. Taking care of your oral health includes:
- Brushing twice a day and flossing daily (try soft-picks for a great experience)
- Brushing gently for two minutes
- Choosing a soft-bristled toothbrush
- Rinsing your mouth with water after consuming sugar
- Staying hydrated
- Visiting your dentist regularly
Emergency Teeth! Situations to Avoid
Damaged or lost teeth may not always be preventable through your daily oral health routine. You may need urgent tooth care as a result of unexpected chipping, cracking, or tooth loss. These situations can occur for a number of reasons. Our previous blog about what to do if you’ve chipped a tooth goes into great detail on how to prevent a chipped tooth dilemma. To summarize this kind of dental emergency prevention, it’s best to avoid using your teeth as tools (ripping a package open) or crunching down on something hard like ice cubes. If all else fails and you need to seek out a good dentist, they’ll be able to discuss broken teeth treatment options with you at your visit.
What You Don’t Know Could Hurt You
Surprisingly, we encounter many patients who have no clue that they’re grinding their teeth during the night. Grinding your teeth can place about 250 lbs of pressure on your teeth, opposed to chewing which places only about 20-40 lbs. This is a dramatic difference, and it certainly spells trouble for your teeth. The best way to prevent dental emergencies like this is to invest in a dental night guard for grinding. If you’re someone who has a tight jaw, feels frequently stressed out, or finds bite marks inside of your cheek, you’ll want to check in with a dentist ASAP to prevent or assist with any tooth damage. The longer you grind during the night, the more likely you are to have unwanted dental concerns.
If you’re on the fence about scheduling an appointment, remember your new mantra “I’m worth it!” It’s true. You’re entirely worth the time and effort that it takes to prevent uncomfortable dental emergencies. We’re friendly, attentive, and can help you overcome any dental anxiety. Reach out to us today!
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