Remember dental emergencies? They are the most unpleasant surprises we can ever get. Won’t it be easy to deal with, if we are prepared for them beforehand? Of course, we cannot prevent them from happening, but there are a few measures which can reduce the likelihood of such emergencies arising out of nowhere. The sole aim of this blog is to guide you about the three most important things which can help you in case of dental emergencies.
What are Dental Emergencies?
First, let us quickly have a look at the conditions which are regarded as dental emergencies. In one of our previous blogs, we have explained in detail about these 7 situations that need emergency dental treatment.
- Knocked out tooth
- Chipped or broken tooth
- Bitten lip, tongue or cheek
- Tooth or gum abscess
- Denture repairs
- Sports injuries
All these conditions can arise irrespective of the place where you are. They get especially tricky when you are away from home. Consider the following measures to ask your dentists to avoid dental emergencies.
How to Prevent Dental Emergencies?
Here below are the 3 most important tips that will help you to avoid a dental emergency:
1. A Mouthguard:
Playing sports is one of the favourite Australian pastimes. And we know how exposed our teeth are to injuries, especially in contact sports. Wearing mouthguards can help us to a great extent in this rough situation. The usefulness of mouthguards can be judged from the fact that clubs are advised to put mandatory mouthguard policy, endorsed by the Australian Dental Association and Sports Medicine Australia (SMA).
You can select the appropriate mouthguard depending upon your convenience. The basic types are:
- Stock – these mouthguards are ready-to-wear and are the most inexpensive of all. You can choose the ones that best fit your teeth and don’t make you uncomfortable. They are available at all sports goods stores.
- Boil and Bite – these mouthguards are a better option as compared to stock mouth protectors. They first need to be softened by warm water before putting them on. They fit better than stock mouthguards. Boil and bite mouthguards are also available at the majority of sports good stores.
- Custom-made – custom-made mouthguards are the best in terms of comfort and protection. Because they are designed personally by your dentist, they fit perfectly and hardly make any discomfort. Ask our dentists for your personalised mouthguards.
2. Knowing Your State of Oral Health:
Besides keeping your teeth healthy by a strict oral hygiene routine, you also need to visit your dentist regularly. The dentist can suggest you treatments to further enhance the strength of your teeth and avoid decay.
A complete dental check-up at Healthy Smiles can make you aware of the strengths and weaknesses of your oral health. You can avoid certain types of food and drinks to avoid possible damage which can turn into a dental emergency. For example, if you know your gums are weak, you can avoid hard foods that can score your gums and make them bleed.
Regular Fluoride treatments and sealants avoid tooth decay and in turn avoid any toothache due to cavities in adults. Children should have regular dental check-ups from an early age. Visiting a dentist before planning a big trip can save you a lot of trouble. Our dentists can forewarn you of the things you need to take care of while on the go.
3. Looking for Dentist Nearby:
Let us say you are planning a weekend getaway somewhere far from home. Be sure to research and note down all the dentists in the neighbourhood who provide emergency dental treatments. You will be thankful for being prepared in the hour of need. You can also keep a dental emergency kit with you to help until you reach a dentist.
Remember it’s better to be safe than sorry. Our dentists keep a separate time in their routine for such dental emergencies. Let’s not hope that you have to face any of them, but if you do, rush to Healthy Smiles Dental Clinic to get immediate assistance from our Melbourne dentist. Feel free to reach us at firstname.lastname@example.org or via below.