Steps to Prevent Common Dental Emergencies

childrens emergency dentistWhile some dental emergencies are not preventable, there are proactive steps a family can take to minimize their risk for developing issues that require immediate attention. Our practice helps children develop a solid foundation of good oral health to help prevent common problems like tooth decay, weak teeth, and gum disease. In the event of an accident or painful toothache, our children’s emergency dentist provides prompt and gentle treatment. Following is some helpful information on preventing common dental emergencies.

Keep Regular Dental Appointments

Keeping regular dental appointments for your child is essential to monitoring the health of the entire oral cavity as well as catching potential concerns or problems as soon as possible. Having bi-annual cleanings and checkups gives our children’s emergency dentist a chance to see if teeth are healthy and strong. Many times, with physical examinations and diagnostics like X-rays, we can see if teeth are vulnerable to decay or injury long before they show visible signs of weakness. When teeth appear to be at risk for damage, there are preventive treatments available to help strengthen them.

Practice Good Oral Hygiene

In addition to visiting our practice frequently, establishing an oral hygiene routine at home is another way to prevent the development of issues that can lead to dental disease and injury. Brushing and flossing teeth regularly keeps harmful substances from weakening the enamel structure of teeth along with controlling harmful oral bacteria that weaken the oral health system. Good oral hygiene is paramount to preventing the development of tooth decay, which when left untreated, can cause painful toothaches. Cavities, especially deep ones, require professional treatment like restorations and endodontic therapy.

Wear Protective Oral Appliances When Necessary

If your child plays contact sports like football and wrestling or participates in activities like skateboarding, wearing appropriate protective gear such as mouth guards and chinstraps can help prevent traumatic injuries to the teeth, gums, and face. For instance, wearing a mouthguard can prevent teeth from becoming chipped or knocked out during sports.

If you have a dental emergency or if it is time for a checkup, call our practice today!