Nobody wakes up in the morning thinking they might face a dental emergency. Still, dentists receive calls and visits daily because of broken teeth, infections, and other dental emergencies that cannot wait. While you won’t be able to plan for every eventuality, there are steps you can take to help you avoid a trip to an emergency dentist in Brampton. Here is what you need to know.
Practice good dental hygiene –
One of the best ways to avoid dental emergencies is to brush and floss your teeth daily. This practice removes bacteria and food debris from your teeth and gums, which can lead to tooth decay and infections like gum disease over time. In some cases, these infections can get so severe that they require an emergency trip to the dentist. Avoid this by practicing healthy hygiene habits.
1. Wear a mouthguard.
If you participate in sports – especially sports where there might be contact – you should wear a sports mouthguard. These mouthguards protect your teeth by absorbing blows you might take to the face.
If you regularly participate in these sports, you should speak to your Brampton dentist about having a custom-made mouthguard for your bite.
2. Watch what you eat.
You probably know that eating sugary or sticky foods, and drinks can attract bacteria, leading to tooth decay. It isn’t that you can never eat these foods, but when you do, you should be sure to brush and floss soon after.
Additionally, be careful when eating hard or crunchy foods (how many times have you accidentally bit down on an unpopped kernel of popcorn?), as this food, may cause a tooth or filling to break, which will require an emergency trip to your Brampton dentist.
Sealants are commonly used as preventative oral care for children. However, they can also be used with adults. These are transparent coverings painted to the teeth’ chewing surface to keep food and debris from getting trapped and potentially causing tooth decay.
Sealants are typically used with children who have not yet learned to effectively brush and floss their teeth and seniors who may have trouble managing their dental hygiene.
4. Regular dental visits
Most people should visit their Brampton dentist for a cleaning and check-up twice a year (although for people with certain conditions, they may be recommended to see more often). During your cleanings, your dental hygienist will scrape away tartar (you cannot brush or floss this away yourself), which could eventually lead to tooth decay if not removed.
Additionally, your dentist will check for any issues and recommend treatment. When minor dental problems are caught and treated early on, it can prevent them from entering dental emergencies.
Contact Dental Square today.
If you have a dental emergency, you can rely on the team at Dental Square to help – but if it has been a while since your last appointment, why not book a check-up to help you avoid a potential emergency altogether!