Dental emergencies are stressful and painful, which is why we help our patients try to avoid them at all cost. While we offer urgent dental care at Encore Dentistry, because we understand that accidents are unpredictable and happen, we’d rather see our patients in good spirits and healthy than in discomfort. By putting precautionary measures in place to help you avoid broken, knocked-out, or damaged teeth, you can avoid an unexpected visit to our office!
Many people don’t know that their daily diet has a significant impact on their oral health. Foods that are high in sugars and carbohydrates help facilitate the accumulation of harmful oral bacteria that are known to play a primary role in the formation of gum disease and decay. As you chew your food, it combines with your saliva to form a thin and sticky biofilm called plaque that adheres to the surface of your teeth and traps bacteria. The bacteria then feed off of the sugars and carbohydrates in the plaque and produce waste in the form of enamel-eroding acid and toxins that can cause your gums to become inflamed, swollen, and bloody.
When you substitute healthier alternatives like fresh fruits and vegetables, you can reduce your risk of developing oral health problems. Fibrous vegetables, such as celery and carrots, even help naturally brush away plaque when you chew them!
There are several habits that can impact your teeth and increase your risk of damaging your mouth. Some of these include:
Fortunately, if you grind your teeth or play sports, your dentist in Arlington offers customized protective mouthguards to help you avoid a dental emergency. They’re made from high-quality and durable materials that help cushion your facial muscles, jawbone, and teeth, so you don’t have to worry about being in a predicament.
One of the best preventive measures you can take to avoid a dental emergency is to stick to your regular dental hygiene routine. Regularly clearing plaque from your teeth to prevent it from hardening into tartar by brushing, flossing, and using mouthwash, will help you avoid bacteria build-up. It’s also important to visit our office every six months for your checkup and cleaning so we can address any oral health problems that may occur while they’re still small and easier to treat.