The good news about dental emergencies, assuming you’re not currently experiencing one, is that most, if not all of them can be fairly easily avoided. Assuming you have average, or above-average genetics, all it generally takes is a good daily oral care routine, diet, and protection from physical trauma, i.e. a custom mouth guard or helmet.
Practice Good Daily oral care
We bring this up very regularly in our articles, this is because we cannot stress the importance of it enough. A proper regimen can save you from potential damage, other complications, and even reverse the damage that may have been a consequence of neglect. This is the first step against many oral afflictions, you can minimize plaque and tartar, gum disease (gingivitis), bad breath (halitosis), and more.
Here is an example of a 4.5 minute 2-3 times a day routine you should use:
- Brush your teeth for 2 minutes.
- Floss your teeth for 2 minutes.
- Rinse your mouth with mouth wash for 20-30 seconds.
As long as your accessories are from trusted dental sources like Colgate, or Crest, then you can be assured the products are doing a good job. However, there are specialty products for those that want to go above and beyond. The specialty products can benefit you if you need a whiter smile, have sensitive teeth, or need extra protection.
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When do i protect my mouth with a mouth guard?
This one is up to the discretion of the individual. A mouth guard could be recommended for virtually any close quarters sport, volleyball, boxing, MMA, basketball, etc. Should you wear a mouth guard every time you do any physical activity? It’s probably unnecessary, it’s a good idea if the sport is about getting hit. Football players wear mouth guards at every level of play for example.
This is one of those situations where too much isn’t going to hurt you, but not enough might seriously injure you, be safe and take advice from others if necessary.
Eat a balanced diet
Your diet is obviously a huge factor when it comes to your health and your oral health is no different. Your teeth may not look like it, but blood flows through their root canal systems. This blood is meant to carry vitamins, minerals, oxygen, etc. If you are insufficient in the necessary vitamins then your oral health will surely suffer, become fragile, and collapse.