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How to Prevent a Dental Emergency – Newington, CT

Preventing Accidents Before They Occur

When experiencing a dental emergency, you want the confidence and comfort of knowing that the staff and dental experts at Family Dental Practice of Newington are here to help. But instead of waiting to react to a crisis situation, would it not be better to know how to prevent it from happening in the first place? If you are interested in learning how to prevent a dental emergency in Newington, CT, we invite you to review the suggested tips we have provided. Should you have any additional questions or concerns, please do not hesitate to contact our office.

Maintain a Good Oral Hygiene Routine

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Brushing your teeth twice a day with fluoride toothpaste, flossing in-between your teeth at least once a day, and rinsing with an ADA-approved mouthwash are all important steps to maintaining a good oral hygiene routine. Each aspect of your regime works to eliminate harmful bacteria and food particles, keeping plaque and tartar from building on your teeth and gums, both of which can cause tooth decay and gum disease. It is also important to keep your regularly scheduled dental checkups and cleanings with the Family Dental Practice of Newington, which should occur every six months. This will allow our team to detect any problems before they worsen or become a serious emergency.

Be Mindful of What You Eat

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No matter if you have restorations in your mouth or all your teeth are healthy and natural, biting down on the wrong thing can lead to chipped, cracked, or broken teeth. If you have a bad habit of chewing on pens or pencils, crushed or non-crushed ice, or hard foods and candy, try keeping a pack of sugar-free chewing gum in your desk drawer or in your pocket. It will increase your saliva production and help to remove harmful bacteria from your mouth and prevent cavities from developing. It will also keep you from chewing on objects that can cause excessive wear and tear on your teeth.

Protect Your Teeth and Gums at Night and While Playing Sports

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If you are prone to grinding your teeth at night, you should wear a mouthguard. Bruxism, which is also known as teeth grinding, is a common dental problem among children and adults, and it can lead to temporomandibular joint disorder (TMD) if left untreated, which causes chronic jaw pain. To protect your teeth from excessive wear and alleviate any jaw discomfort, a custom-made mouthguard (or nightguard) will benefit you much more than a one-size-fits-all solution found in stores.

It is also possible to receive another type of mouthguard (a sportsguard) should you or your child enjoy playing sports. Whether it is a contact or non-contact sport, injuries to the teeth and soft oral tissues can occur. By choosing to wear a sportsguard, you can provide greater protection to your teeth, lips, gums, and jaw. It is also possible that a sportsguard can help should a concussion occur. 

Never Use Your Teeth to Open Objects

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If you are like other individuals, you are likely to open a package with your teeth if you are struggling to open it with your hands. Your teeth are not tools. They are designed to bite down on food and nothing else. Instead of bringing that container or package to your mouth next time, opt to find some scissors or another appropriate tool to use.

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