How to Prevent Dental Emergencies
One of the many services we provide our patients in Washington, D.C., is emergency dental care. After providing this service for many years, we have come to realize that it could be simple for many to prevent dental emergencies with just a few changes. These are our best tips for avoiding the need to seek emergency dental care.
Stop Using Your Teeth as Tools
If you regularly open bottles with your teeth, rip open packages with your teeth, or even just held the edge of a zippered baggie with your teeth while you pulled on it with your hand, you could be harming your teeth. Many people have tiny microcracks in their teeth from years of this sort of use, and over time, those cracks can become larger. This will eventually lead to a preventable dental emergency.
Always Wear Your Mouth Guard
Many active people avoid wearing their mouth guard for things like a pickup game at the park, or an impromptu sparring session at the dentist they were not planning on. This is one of the biggest causes of emergency dental needs. Always be sure to carry a mouthpiece with you for protection when you plan to be active in any way.
Keep Your Regular Appointments
Avoiding dental appointments can cause you to develop emergency dental issues that could have been prevented. Cavities can quickly become major areas of decay if not filled, for example. Keep your regular checkups so that your dentist in Washington, D.C., can keep a close eye on any developing issues, and stop them before they become emergencies.
Learn More from Your Emergency Dentist in Washington, D.C.
If you would like to learn more about how to prevent dental emergencies, or you have a dental emergency that could not be avoided, please call us at 202-488-8300. Our emergency dental care in Washington, D.C., can also be reached via our online contact form.