A dental injury can occur from something as benign as biting down on a piece of food to the other extreme of severe trauma from a fall or accident. However after an injury is sustained, turning to your dentist should be your first response to receive care.
Let’s face it … a dental injury is never planned. The key is to be prepared when something happens which includes some preventative actions that can be taken.
Many of the dental injuries sustained by adolescents and young adults are a result of some kind of sports participation. Wearing a mouth guard will not only protect teeth, but the tongue and soft oral tissues of the mouth are less likely to be harmed with a mouth guard safely in place. It is important that the mouth guard fit correctly to maximize its protection for mouth, teeth, and gums.
With some sports, in addition to a mouth guard, a face mask, helmet, and/or face guard (that resembles a cage) are worn for extra protection for the mouth, face, and head.
Small children and older adults are more at risk from accidental falls. Safeguarding the home by removing tripping hazards like throw rugs, and keeping pathways clear from obstacles like tables is helpful.
Keeping teeth healthy and strong takes daily care like brushing and flossing; however, individuals that bite their nails or chew on inanimate objects like pens or pencils are taking unnecessary risks with their teeth. You should never employ your teeth to open packages or bottles.
To avoid injury to teeth while eating, awareness of what you are going to bite down on is important. Do not chew hard objects like ice; biting on hard, tough, or chewy items can result in a chipped or broken tooth; chew carefully and cut food into smaller bites if needed.
If you consume citrus fruits, be aware that your dental enamel can be softened; avoid brushing for a while to prevent possible damage.
If you feel you have an impending dental issue such as a tooth ache, loose tooth, bleeding gums … do not delay seeing your dentist before a minor problem turns into a costly and time consuming true dental emergency.
In addition to daily oral hygiene, see your dentist every six months for a cleaning and dental exam. Potential dental problems may be avoided with proactive care.
If it’s time to schedule your next dental visit, contact the office of Dr. Lori Logan at 281-256-6866 today.