A dental emergency can occur at any time … you or a family member can be stricken with a horrible toothache or incur a dental trauma that results in the need to see a dentist. And dental problems do not discriminate – they often occur during the night or on weekends when your dental office is closed; when you are away on business or vacation; or right before a special event or occasion. Although you may not be able to prevent all dental emergencies, there are steps you can take that might minimize their impact if they should occur.
Are you doing everything you can to safeguard your dental health?
Brushing your teeth … at least twice every day with a fluoridated toothpaste for two minutes each time.
Flossing your teeth … once daily to remove food debris your toothbrush can’t reach.
Visiting your dentist … every six months for teeth cleaning and dental exam.
Watching your diet … sugary and snack foods lead to plaque build-up on teeth. A healthy daily diet is comprised of fruits (they contain healthy sugars); vegetables (crunchy ones help to keep teeth clean); lean proteins; dairy (calcium helps support dental health); and healthy grains.
Watching what you drink … water should be your beverage of choice. Limit or avoid soda (both regular and diet) and drinks that are loaded with sugar. Read labels as even beverages that say they are “healthy” can be detrimental to your teeth.
Say “NO” to tobacco … there are no safe tobacco products (including vaping and e-cigarettes).
Developing good habits doesn’t mean a dental emergency cannot occur, but healthy teeth and gums may help deter decay and other maladies that could result in a dental emergency.
Have the name and contact information readily available for your dental provider, and make sure to have it posted in the open for caregivers. Since emergencies can happen when your dental office is closed, make sure you know who to contact if that should occur.
If you’re away from home, reach out to your family dentist for recommendations. Very often, remedies for short term relief are just a phone call away.
Maintaining great dental health is important, but in the event of an accident or severe pain, do not delay to seek treatment immediately.