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How to Prevent a Dental Emergency - Daytona Beach, FL

Prevention is Key to Protect Your Smile

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If a dental emergency does occur, Indigo Dental will always be there to take your call and get you out of discomfort. Of course, it’s always better to avoid these emergencies in the first place. Not only will you save yourself a lot of headache and money in the process, but you’ll have better oral health to boot! With a few simple tips from Dr. Lloyd, maintaining a healthy and accident-free mouth is much easier than you’d think!

Keep Up with Your Oral Care Routine

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More often than not, dental emergencies occur because of long-standing decay, gum disease, or an oral infection that developed as a result of unremoved plaque and tartar. It can also occur because of a cavity that was ignored and then eventually turned into a chipped, cracked or even dislodged tooth. By brushing twice a day with a fluoridated toothpaste, flossing at least once daily, and visiting our office for an exam and cleaning once every six months, you can catch issues before they turn into emergencies.

Avoid Biting Down on Hard Substances

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One of the worst things you can do for your teeth is indiscriminately bite down onto hard objects, such as pens, pencils or even your fingernails. Even edible objects like ice cubes and hard candy can erode, chip, crack and even break your teeth when you bite down on them. If you need something to help curb stress or anxiety, then you should switch to sugar-free chewing gum. This is much easier on your teeth and keeps saliva production high, which is very important to loosening food debris and making sure your mouth does not dry out. Dry mouth can lead make it much easier for bacteria to grow and develop.

Get a Mouthguard for Active and Sleep-Related Activities

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Wearing a custom-made mouthguard is very important if you play any contact sports, including football, basketball, hockey or karate. Any activity that involves high impact, fast movements, or flying or hard objects has the potential to damage your smile without the right protection. By wearing a mouthguard, you dramatically reduce your risk of breaking, cracking, or knocking out a tooth.

Furthermore, if you find yourself waking up with tooth pain, a sore jaw, or chronic headaches, you might have bruxism. This condition is characterized by teeth grinding and clenching, which also leads to eroded tooth enamel. A nightguard can be designed to fit your mouth exactly, which ensures long-term protection and reduces symptoms caused by bruxism.

Never Use Your Teeth as a Tool

Do not under any circumstances use your teeth as a tool to open packages, open bottles, or bite down onto any other inedible materials or objects. This can lead to your teeth chipping and even falling out. Teeth may be strong, but they are not capable of breaking down anything other than food. Instead, use a pair of scissors or other tool to get the job done.