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An accident or injury can happen in your mouth, just like any other part of the body. Even though you can’t prevent all oral emergencies from happening there are a few small lifestyle habits to adopt that can help prevent some common oral emergencies.

You should try to actively curb bad habits like chewing on pens and pencils or crunching on ice. At the same time, you should also avoid using your teeth as tools. This can cause chips, cracks and fractures in tooth enamel.

If you grind your teeth at night it can also cause chips, and fractures on the biting surfaces of your teeth. In time it could even lead to you developing TMJ disorder in the joints that hinge your mouth. Your dentist can fit you for a custom night guard, designed to fit comfortably into your mouth, allowing you to sleep easy and prevent further damage.

Stocking your first aid kit with a few common oral health care items like waxed floss, salt packets and topical oral analgesic will help you be better prepared when an oral emergency does happen.

If you have questions regarding what things you can do to help prevent and offer basic treatment for oral emergencies, please feel free to call Desert Dental Group at (520) 663.0419 to schedule an appointment.