Ways to Prevent Dental Emergencies

Dental emergencies can happen at any time, even when you're very careful about your oral health. A dental emergency can happen when you least expect it. You might chip a tooth on a piece of ice, break or crack a tooth, or bite down on something hard, causing a tooth to fall out.

Brush and Floss Your Teeth Regularly

Regular brushing and flossing are essential for preventing most dental emergencies, such as cavities and gum disease. Even with regular brushing and flossing, it is still possible to develop tooth decay or an infection. In these cases, your emergency dentist may recommend treating the issue with a filling, crown, or other restorative treatment at our practice. However, if you treat these minor issues early, you are less likely to need major dental treatment in the future.

Use Fluoride Toothpaste

No matter what toothpaste you prefer to use, adding a fluoride product to your oral care routine can help strengthen enamel and prevent tooth decay and cavities in your teeth.

Fluoride products come in many forms. They include toothpaste, mouthwashes, gels, varnishes, and more. The American Dental Association recommends using one of these products daily for a year following teeth cleanings. The ADA also states that children younger than six years old should use a smear of fluoride toothpaste twice daily after brushing with adult toothpaste.

Regular Dental Visits

The best way to prevent emergencies is to treat them as soon as possible. When patients come in for routine checkups, we can catch developing problems in their early stages so we can take steps to prevent them from turning into an emergency later. These visits also allow us to address small concerns before they become big problems. We recommend coming in every six months so we can help you maintain good oral health and prevent emergencies from arising in the future.

Some types of dental emergencies cannot be prevented with regular maintenance, such as those caused by accidents or sports injuries. However, your emergency dentist is equipped to treat all kinds of dental emergencies quickly and efficiently so you can get back to your normal routine fast.

To learn more about ways to maintain good oral health, visit us for consultation at Shepherd Dental at 915-D N Shepherd Dr. Ste. D, Houston, TX 77008, or contact us for an appointment at (713) 864-3993.


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