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An accident, injury, or other type of emergency can happen to your lips, tongue, gums, or teeth just like any other body part. Even though you can never prevent an oral emergency from happening, there are a few practical habits Dean Doles Family Dentistry offers to help reduce your chances of an oral emergency happening, while also be better prepared should one occur.

It’s a good idea to curb bad habits like chewing on pens and pencils or crunching on ice. At the same time, you should also avoid using your teeth as tools. This can cause chips, cracks and fractures in tooth enamel.

Grinding your teeth at night on a regular basis can pose a serious number of problems for your mouth. Initially it puts you at risk for fractures on the biting surfaces of your teeth. It is also one of the more common causes of TMJ disorder in the joints that hinge your mouth. Your dentist can fit you for a custom night guard, designed to fit comfortably into your mouth, allowing you to sleep easy and prevent further damage.

You should always use a mouthguard when participating in contact sports. Some people even like to have a custom mouth guard made for them, to provide comfort and protection during athletics.

It’s also a good idea to keep all of your first aid kits stocked with basic oral health care items like waxed floss, salt packets and topical oral analgesic will help you be better prepared when an oral emergency does happen. A tea towel, and zip top bags could also be kept on hand to help you quickly prepare a cold compress to handle any swelling problems.

If you would like to know more about how you can prevent or be better prepared for oral and dental emergencies, you can always call Dean Doles Family Dentistry at 972-727-7269 to set up a consultation.