Dental emergencies are any dental problem that requires immediate treatment. While the best way to prevent a dental emergency is to take good care of your teeth, some situations are simply unavoidable. Listed below are a few ways to help prevent dental emergencies.
Since cavities and gum disease lead to the majority of emergency visits, it is important to brush twice a day for two minutes at a time. Be sure to use a soft-bristled toothbrush with fluoride toothpaste.
Did you know that the American Dental Association recommends flossing at least once a day? By flossing daily, you can prevent plaque buildup on and between your teeth that may lead to cavities or gum disease. Bacteria in the mouth can also affect your overall health; for example, it can increase your risk of stroke or heart disease. So taking care of your teeth and gums is essential to overall health!
A mouthguard is a protective device that fits over your teeth to shield your smile from damage while you play sports or engage in other activities. Be sure to wear a mouthguard every time you leave the house to participate in any sport or other activity that may pose a risk to your dental health. Custom-made mouthguards are the best prevention against dental emergencies, so ask your dentist about your options to protect your entire smile.
But brushing and flossing aren't the only things you can do to prevent oral health issues. Eating a healthy diet and avoiding unnecessary sugary foods and beverages will also help keep your mouth healthy and prevent cavities. Always contact your dentist right away if you notice any changes in the health of your teeth and gums.
Drinking lots of water is essential for your overall health, but it can also help protect your teeth. Water rinses out harmful acids from your saliva that can erode your tooth enamel, and it also helps dilute sugars that cling to your teeth.
Professional oral exams are the only way for your dentist to diagnose and treat potential problems before they become emergencies. During your checkup, we'll perform a comprehensive exam of your mouth to check for any warning signs of decay and gum disease. If we spot a problem before it progresses too far, we can treat it right away—preventing the need for costly and painful emergency treatment later on.
If you're prone to cavities or periodontal disease, we may also recommend preventive treatments such as fluoride treatments and dental sealants to protect your teeth while you're at home. These treatments are an easy way to keep your smile healthy between visits with the dentist.
Regular dental care is key to preventing oral health concerns from turning into actual problems. Don't wait until you're experiencing pain to make an appointment!
If you're due for an appointment, call our team today! We're happy to help! Our dental office is located at 344 Morris Ave S, Renton, WA 98057. Make an appointment with us right away by calling (425) 226-6227 to learn more about our dental services. We're looking forward to seeing you!