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Dental Emergency

How can I prevent dental emergencies?

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  • ADe Vizio, DMD, Dentist, answered on behalf of Colgate
    It is possible to prevent tooth decay and gum disease, but accidents happen. Nonetheless, you can lower your risk for a dental emergency if you do some basic things for your dental health, regardless of sports activities.
    • Limit how much food you eat that contains sugar.
    • Brush with a fluoride toothpaste at least twice a day.
    • Floss at least once a day.
    • Use a fluoride mouthwash.
    • See your dentist regularly, at least twice a year, and at least once if you become pregnant. If you have diabetes, osteoporosis (a disease of bone loss), or  periodontal disease, you may need to see your dentist 3 or more times a year.
    • Since children sustain the majority of dental emergencies, remind them of the rules of the pool and daily brushing and flossing habits, and watch what you feed them.
    • If you play contact sports, wear a mouth guard and a helmet, face mask or shield, or jaw guard.
  • A simple way to reduce the chances of damage to your teeth, lips, cheek and tongue is to wear a mouthguard when participating in sports or recreational activities that may pose a risk. Avoid chewing ice, popcorn kernels and hard candy, all of which can crack a tooth.

  • AJerry Gordon, Dentist, answered
    Good oral hygiene at home and frequent visits to the dentist (at least twice a year) are the best ways to prevent dental emergencies. Always follow through with your dentist's recommendations regarding dental treatment. A small cavity left untreated can become a painful infected tooth over time.
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