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How To Prevent a Dental Emergency – Milwaukee, WI

Preventing Problems From the Start

Are you the kind of person who likes to be prepared? Want to avoid a dental emergency if at all possible? You’re not alone. Maintaining a healthy, beautiful smile that is free of chips and cracks isn’t always feasible, but it can be easier if you take the right steps. At Sweet Smiles Family Dentistry, we want to help you be proactive about your oral health, which is why we’ve compiled some helpful tips to ensure your teeth and gums stay injury-free. Should you have any questions, please don’t hesitate to contact our office.

Be Mindful of What You Eat

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Peanut brittle, apples, hard candies – all of these items sound and taste delicious to eat but can wreak havoc on your teeth if you’re not careful. Biting into hard, crunchy foods can cause your teeth to chip, crack, or even break. This is why it is better to cut these particular items up, if possible. Of course, how do you cut up a piece of peanut brittle? Well, you can’t, which is why it’s best if they are avoided altogether. Apart from the damage it can cause to your pearly whites, these items can also lead to tooth decay, gum disease, and cavities. Even apples? Yes, if consumed in large quantities. Fruits still have sugar in them, so while they are healthy to eat, it’s always best to think about consuming them in moderation.

Also, avoid chewing on inanimate objects like pens or pencils, or chomping on ice. These, too, can be damaging to your teeth and result in costly restorative dentistry services to fix the problem.

Wear a Mouthguard

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No matter if you are prone to bruxism (teeth grinding and clenching), or you enjoy playing various sports, wearing a mouthguard will be beneficial to protecting your teeth from damage. These custom-made devices are designed to protect smiles and prevent additional damage to your soft oral tissues. When dealing with bruxism, you will notice a change in the way your teeth, jaw, and gums feel when wearing your mouthguard because of the barrier the mouthguard will provide.

When playing sports, you will feel more confident should you experience a hard-hitting tackle on the field. These oral appliances are customized to fit your mouth and offer the greatest amount of protection against chips, cracks, breaks, or even a knocked-out tooth.

Practice Good Oral Hygiene

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If it sounds weird that brushing and flossing your teeth will keep them safe from injury, it’s true. Taking care of your smile is the first step to ensuring healthy teeth and gums. Using a fluoride toothpaste will not only protect against tooth decay, but it also strengthens tooth enamel. Also, brushing your teeth twice a day for two minutes as well as flossing at least once a day and rinsing will keep harmful bacteria out of your mouth and prevent cavities, gum disease, and tooth decay from developing.

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