Dr. Bruce Matthews, DDS

How to Avoid Dental Emergencies

April 21, 2020
Posted By: Dr. Bruce E. Matthews, DDS Staff
Close up of toothbrush with tooth paste at dentist office in Wilmington DE

While it’s true you can’t avoid or plan for every type of dental emergency, some injuries are a lot easier to prevent. As your Wilmington emergency dentist, we want to help you keep your teeth as safe and healthy as possible. 

Sadly, many dental emergencies are the result of minor oral health problems that were left untreated for years. Much of urgent dental care becomes necessary when a small condition, such as a cavity, grows and gets worse over time. The good news is that you can avoid many common dental emergencies by taking a few simple steps to protect your smile:

Visit Your Dentist Regularly for Preventive Care

The point of six-month dental checkups is to clean tartar and bacteria off your teeth and to evaluate your smile frequently for any signs of decay, loose teeth, or gum disease. When you stick to regular dental appointments, we can get updated dental x-rays and catch problems before they become painful, expensive, and dangerous.

Floss Every Day

Flossing plays a significant role in the overall health of your smile. When you floss every day as recommended by the ADA, you remove plaque from between your teeth and significantly reduce your risk of developing periodontal disease. To avoid dental emergencies full of bleeding, inflamed, and painful gums, you should floss every 24 hours.

Protect Your Teeth

Your teeth are incredibly durable, but they’re not indestructible. Don’t rely on your teeth to do things they aren’t meant to do, such as open bags or bite fingernails. These bad habits can eventually lead to chipped, fractured, and cracked teeth, which will require crowns for teeth or an emergency root canal to repair.

Additionally, you should always wear a mouthguard when you’re playing any type of contact sport and protect your face in high-risk scenarios, such as when walking on ice or rock climbing. 

Schedule Your Next Dental Cleaning and Exam

To prevent future dental emergencies in Wilmington, DE, the best thing you can do for yourself is to visit your dentist at least twice every year. If it’s been more than six months since your last teeth cleaning, call us today at (302) 475-9220. 

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