Did you read that title right? Can dental emergencies be prevented? The answer is yes!
While there are many circumstances that you can't avoid, there are also lots of emergencies you can take simple steps to prevent from happening. Here are some helpful tips from your dentist in Sarasota.
Wear the Right Protective Gear
Since it is estimated that 40% of dental emergencies are sports related, one easy way to protect yourself is to invest in a custom mouth guard for sports. A custom guard provides a better fit than those you can purchase at the sporting goods store, which allows you to breathe and talk more efficiently so you can focus on your game.
Visit Your Dentist Every Six Months
Your preventive cleaning and checkup take place twice a year. When you are consistent about attending these appointments, it allows your dentist to monitor your dental health, ensure that your current restorations are strong and healthy, and detect any new tooth decay in its earliest stages.
Your checkups let your dentist make you aware of problems that may arise with your current restorations to help you avoid a lost crown or broken filling. They can also recommend a filling to eliminate tooth decay before it reaches the nerve of your teeth and causes infection and the need for a root canal in Sarasota.
Protect Your Teeth From Bruxism
Bruxism, or clenching and grinding your teeth, is a condition that many patients aren't aware they have. If your dentist sees the signs of bruxism such as excessive wear to your teeth during a routine examination, he may recommend a custom night guard for you to wear while you sleep. A night guard will protect your teeth and jaw joint from the pain and damage that bruxism can cause.
If you do find yourself experiencing pain or a dental emergency, don't hesitate to call Dr. Aygen and your team at Sarasota Dental Arts at (941) 200-3049 for immediate care.