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An injury or damage to your teeth can have some serious long-term side effects. Some can even involve rather expensive restoration techniques and therapies. Here at Jon C. Packman, DDS General Dentistry, we suggest making a few minor changes in your daily habits to help prevent many oral emergencies. At the very least, you can be better prepared to provide quality first aid if an emergency does occur.

One of the easiest changes to make is to curtail any bad habits, like nibbling on pens and pencils or crunching on ice. This also extends to using your teeth as tools. Any of these activities can result in chips, cracks, and fractures on multiple teeth.

It’s also a good idea to wear a quality mouth guard when participating in rigorous athletic activities or contact sports. Many knocked-out or cracked teeth could have been prevented by using a quality mouth guard.

Grinding your teeth at night can result in chips and fractures on the biting surfaces of your teeth. It could even cause TMJ disorder in the joints that hinge your mouth. In some cases, stress relief techniques or using a night guard when you to bed can alleviate symptoms and prevent further damage.

You should also consider stocking your first-aid kit with a few common oral hygiene products like waxed floss, salt packets, and topical oral analgesic. Keeping these items readily at hand will help you be prepared for some common oral emergencies.

If you have questions about how to best prevent oral injuries and dental emergencies in Statesville, NC, you can always call us at 704.873.2211 to seek further advice from your dentist, Dr. Packman. We are always happy to help you with any questions or concerns pertaining to your oral health.