How can I avoid dental emergencies?

It depends on the type of emergency you would like to prevent.

To avoid dental infections related to involvement of the pulp/nerve of the tooth, it is essential to perform good oral hygiene, have a good diet and get regular check-ups and dental care as necessary. It also helps to be a bit lucky because even when you are doing everything properly, problems can still occur. Remember we are still dealing with the body.

Traumatic injuries as a result of sports can be minimized, hopefully, with the use of a mouthguard, preferably custom-made. Of course, you will obviously not wear a mouthguard during every moment of your life, so be careful, don't get into fights, auto accidents, fall or walk into wall. Also, as you may have heard before, "remember to duck."

Other types of dental and oral emergencies can also occur. Just like you can't really avoid all problems with other parts and systems of your body, you can only do your very best to avoid as many problems as possible through proper care and good living. 

The best ways to prevent a dental emergency is through preventative care. Brushing your teeth twice a day for two minutes each with fluoride toothpaste and flossing once a day is important to preventing decay and cavities. Seeing your dentist is also key to keeping teeth clean and catching any problems early on. Eating a healthy, well-balanced diet also helps your teeth. When you limit snacking and sugars, you reduces the attacks on your teeth.

Dr. Elif E. Oker, MD
Medical Toxicology
The best way to avoid dental emergencies is to be proactive in caring for your teeth and mouth. Regular brushing and flossing accompanied by twice yearly dental exams helps to prevent and detect problems that can cause a dental emergency.

Taking care to prevent injury to your mouth and teeth is also important. If you are involved in contact sports, consider talking to your dentist about whether you may need a mouth guard or other protective equipment to avoid injury to your teeth.

Also consider avoiding behaviors that can damage your mouth and teeth such as smoking, chewing tobacco and eating hard candy.
There are precautions you can take to help avoid dental emergencies. Wear a helmet when participating in certain activities like biking or skateboarding. Wear a mouth guard while playing contact sports. Do not eat ice, un-popped kernels of popcorn, or hard candies.

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