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How to Prevent Dental Emergencies

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Some dental emergencies are truly unavoidable, but there are a few things that patients can do to reduce their risk of needing emergency dental services. One thing we always recommend is practicing good oral hygiene at home; keeping your teeth and gums as clean and healthy as possible can limit your need for regular restorative care and emergency care.

The following tips can also help patients avoid needing emergency dentistry, but should you need to see an emergency dentist in Edgewater or Annapolis, MD, our team has you covered!

Wear a Mouthguard

If you or your child regularly participate in sports that are aggressive or involve coming into close contact with other players, consider investing in a custom mouthguard. Sports like football, soccer, wrestling, rugby, and basketball put patients at a high risk for getting hit in the mouth or jaw, which can result in broken and dislodged teeth.

A custom mouthguard offers optimal protection for patients who frequently play intense sports. This is because a custom sports mouthguard fits better than a stock mouthguard. Plus, a well-fitting sports mouthguard is more comfortable, which increases the likelihood of the patient actually wearing the mouthguard.

Be Careful About What You Eat & Chew

Chewing on things like ice or hard candy can damage your teeth. Biting down on a popcorn kernel that isn’t fully popped can also lead to tooth damage that may require emergency dental care. Additionally, always find a pair of scissors to open packages. Trying to rip something open with your teeth can damage your smile.

Visit Our Office Regularly for Exams

A routine dental appointment consists of a professional cleaning and a dental exam. Your teeth, gums, and all around the mouth will be checked for a variety of different dental issues, such as tooth decay, gum disease, worn out dental restorations, and even oral cancer. Having a dental professional regularly examine your teeth allows for early identification and treatment of any problems, and helps prevent certain emergency situations.

If you need to schedule a routine dentist appointment, contact our team at Edgewater Dental Arts today!

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John Cutting, DMD is an Annapolis dentist experienced in all aspects of dentistry. He provides complete care from general dentistry to cosmetic and restorative dentistry in his conveniently located and comfortable office, Edgewater Dental Arts.