How to Prevent Dental Emergencies
Like regular emergencies, dental emergencies are just as likely to occur, especially if you neglect your dental health. Dental emergencies are actually one of the top reasons someone visits the ER. According to statistics, there is 1 dental emergency in the ER every 15 seconds. Some dental issues may become so severe that they require you to be on a ventilator and feeding tube. This is why at Sana Dental, we want to educate our patients how to prevent dental emergencies in the first place to protect their dental and overall health. Read on to learn about how to prevent dental emergencies from our Edmonton dentist.
Why Are Dental Emergencies so Common?
There are many people in the world who neglect their dental health and this is especially true for poorer patients who don’t have the resources or money to visit the dentist. Instead of taking care of their dental problems when they first begin to develop, these patients will let their dental problems go on for months and years until the problem and pain get so bad they end up in the emergency room. Unfortunately, people would rather put their dental health on hold than their other health when money is tight. With regular dental exams and preventative care, it actually costs less than one dental emergency trip. Of course, if you are having a dental emergency in Edmonton, please contact us at Sana Dental so we can help you as soon as possible.
Preventative Dentistry Programs and Events
Across Edmonton, there are lots of preventative dentistry programs and events that patients can use if dental care is out of their budget. These programs work to help the elderly, poor and children in need of preventative dental care. These programs can help prevent tons of dental emergencies every year. Educating the public about the importance of preventative dentistry is the first step in preventing dental emergencies.
Find Free or Low-Cost Dental Care
The first step in preventing a dental emergency is to ensure you are getting a biyearly exam and cleaning. During your dental cleaning at our Edmonton dental office, Dr. Pavlenko will examine your smile, take x-rays and provide you with a dental cleaning. At this point is where he will let you know if you have any cavities or underlying dental problems that need to be addressed. Preventative dental care is the first step in preventing dental emergencies. If you do not have dental insurance or cannot afford treatment, seek out dental school clinics, free dental care events or discount dental plans to get the care you need.
Maintain a Healthy Smile
Another step in preventing dental emergencies in Edmonton is by taking care of your smile. This means you need to brush twice daily and floss regularly. With these two easy steps, you will fight off harmful bacteria, plaque and more. You can also include some anti-cavity and fluoride mouthwash for extra protection. Those are the steps you can take as far as dental hygiene at home goes. In addition to taking care of your oral hygiene, you should also limit the amount of sugary food and drinks you consume as well as starchy foods. Food and drinks high in sugar and starch create the perfect combination for growing bacteria and developing cavities in your mouth. If you do want to eat or drink sugary and starchy food and drinks, be sure to brush your teeth afterward or at the very least, rinse your mouth with water.
Wear a Mouth Guard or Night Guard
If you participate in any contact sports, be sure to always wear your mouth guard during playtime. This will protect your teeth from any contact they may face and in the end, can potentially save your tooth from falling out during a game. In addition, if you suffer from bruxism or teeth clenching, we also recommend that patients regularly wear their night guards in order to prevent damage from occurring to their teeth throughout the night. Otherwise, their teeth face possible cracking and wearing down which can leave room for bacteria to creep in and grow cavities in your mouth.
Visit Your Dentist at the First Sign of Trouble
Instead of waiting until you are in an unbearable amount of pain, schedule a dental exam with your Edmonton dentist as soon as possible to stop the dental problem in its tracks. Not only will this save you from a lot of future pain, it will save you money. A cavity is easy to treat with a filling, but when it is left untreated, then costly treatments like root canals and dental crowns become necessary. To avoid these expensive treatments, be sure to visit your dentist as soon as you notice any pain or unusual spots in your mouth.
Eat a Healthy, Easy to Chew Diet
One easy way to prevent a dental emergency is by eating only food that you should be chewing. For example, don’t bite into a jawbreaker or any other superhard foods. This also means use your teeth for chewing, not as scissors or for opening packages. For best results, use your teeth to chew healthy foods like protein, nuts, vegetables, and dairy. These will keep your teeth strong and help them fight off decay. Eating foods that are high in sugar may taste good but they are trouble for your teeth and can cause enamel erosion, dental decay and tooth sensitivity. Maintain a healthy diet for your best chance of avoiding a dental emergency.
Have a Dental Emergency or Need to Schedule an Exam?
If you have just finished reading this article and realized you don’t remember when your last dental exam was, please pick up the phone to schedule your next exam. If you are having a dental emergency though, please give our dental office in Edmonton a call so we can help treat your dental emergency as soon as possible. We can be reached by calling 780-476-3391 or by filling out our online contact form on our Contact page.