Do you want to keep your teeth for a lifetime? If so, then it is important that you learn how to prevent a dental emergency. Many things can cause such an emergency, but the most common culprits are cavities and gum disease. In this article, we will explore various tips on extending your good Oral health and reducing the risk of dental emergencies.
Tips on dental care related to preventing the risk of dental emergencies include;
Avoid tobacco products as they cause sores in the mouth which can lead to oral cancer. Smokeless tobacco is high in sugar which leads to cavities. This increases the risk of dental emergencies significantly! Also, avoid consuming too much sugar through sweetened beverages or foods. Sugary items contribute to tooth decay over time, leading to potential dental emergencies if not prevented with regular brushing and flossing. If possible, brush immediately after having sugary foods or drinks to remove the sugar residue, which is harmful to your teeth.
Drink plenty of water, as it helps to keep bacteria and acid from building up on your teeth over time. Also, try adding fruits like lemons, oranges, strawberries or apples into a pitcher filled with water and let that sit in the fridge overnight. Drinking cold flavored water first thing each morning is a great alternative to consuming sugary breakfast beverages.
Use a toothpaste with fluoride. Fluoride strengthens the tooth structure and helps prevent cavities.
If you have children, make sure they learn how to take care of their teeth properly, starting at an early age, so that good habits develop over time before any cavities or gum disease occur. Make it fun by having them brush with a theme such as princesses, animals, etc. Playing songs on the radio while brushing can make for a fun experience while instilling great oral health habits. Also, try giving them fluoride-free toothpaste (ingredients include baking soda) until they are three years old and can rinse and spit out the toothpaste. Be careful about the quantity used since too much fluoride can cause white spots on developing enamel in young children. Set up regular checkups every six months where professional cleanings will remove plaque from surfaces between teeth which can also build up and lead to dental emergencies if left untreated.
Visit your dentist regularly so that they can monitor for problems like gum disease and cavities early on. If you have not been going in for regular cleanings, then schedule one immediately! The earlier dental emergencies are treated through surgery, root canal treatment, or other invasive measures, the less expensive those treatments will be.
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