How To Avoid Dental Emergencies

Excerpt: 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.

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:

  1. Brush your teeth for 2 minutes.
  2. Floss your teeth for 2 minutes.
  3. 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.

What toothpaste should I Use?

Generally, almost any toothpaste you choose will be a good choice, we recommend looking for brands that add fluoride to their toothpaste. Fluoride is a mineral that has been proven to promote healthy teeth, fluoride is often added to the water supply in certain cities as it is that integral to oral health.

Sensitive toothpaste

If your teeth are sensitive to hot or cold foods, you may want to use sensitive toothpaste. This toothpaste is formulated to lessen the sensitivity of your teeth to different temperatures. Teeth in general shouldn’t be overly sensitive to something that is hot or cold, if they are you should talk to your dentist about the brand they recommend.

Whitening toothpaste

Have some coloration or staining on your teeth that you want to improve? Whitening toothpaste has abrasive ingredients that softly polish your teeth. If the staining is superficial and has not penetrated into the teeth, then this solution can make your teeth whiter. However, if you have heavy stains from the long-term consumption of things like coffee, or smoking, then this is probably not going to make as much of a difference as you might hope.

Children’s toothpaste

Formulated specifically for younger children, this toothpaste is less abrasive and has less fluoride in it than regular toothpaste. Children’s teeth are usually more sensitive than permanent teeth and this also helps them avoid the overconsumption of alcohol.

What Mouthwash should I use?

Mouthwash has similar versions and features to toothpaste. Make sure it has fluoride in it, choose the flavor, then choose if you want a whitening wash, etc.

What floss should I use?

For someone with no bridges, or other special dental appliances, any type of floss will work. It will mostly depend on the type of flavor you prefer, or you can get unflavored floss if you prefer that instead. However, if you don’t like the standard floss, you can get different versions such as floss picks. Floss picks can make it easier to floss as you don’t have to wrap the thread around your fingers.

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. 

One thing you should consider taking is a solid multi-vitamin, this will basically be like an insurance for your diet. Even when eating healthy, depending on the area you live, you may be insufficient with certain vitamins or minerals.

Conclusion

We highly recommend doing the oral care routine twice a day, eating a balanced diet every day, or at least most days, and protect your self when there is a risk of injury.
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