When a serious dental emergency strikes such as a severe cavity or an injury to a tooth because of a sporting event, the price can be high in both pain and money. Thankfully, you can take measures to prevent serious dental issues. Of course, regular brushing and flossing can typically prevent many dental problems in the future, but there is more to it than that.
As mentioned above, brushing and flossing multiple times a day is the best way to prevent dental complications. This is because the majority of preventable oral issues are related to cavities. However, there is more that you can do than strike a good oral routine.
Visiting your dentist once every 6 months for a regular checkup and cleaning can save you a lot of pain in the future. The dentist is not needlessly brushing your teeth like you can do at home, they are using special tools and techniques to remove hardened plaque that you are not able to remove with your toothbrush at home. Your dentist can also restore your tooth enamel using fluoride treatments. This can, combined with your home routine, essentially prevent cavities completely. They will also check for oral cancer, which when caught in its early stages, is typically easier to deal with.
Another thing you can do to prevent a dental emergency is to wear a mouthguard. A mouthguard during sporting events can prevent serious oral injury that will require surgery, or even tooth extraction. If you do not play sports, but perhaps you grind your teeth at night, there are night guards that are specially made for your situation. These preventative measures can help you enjoy your teeth for years to come.
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