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5 Ways to Prevent a Dental Emergency

No one likes to make an emergency trip to the dentist. It can be scary, expensive, and time-consuming. While even those who take care of their teeth can encounter an unexpected dental problem, there are some precautions you can take to prevent a dental emergency–or at least minimize the likelihood of one.

 

1. Regular Checkups

You should have your teeth cleaned and examined by your dentist at least every six months. If you have special dental needs, you may need to go more often. Most people schedule their next cleaning at the end of a visit, but do not keep the appointment as it draws closer. Make it a point to go through with your appointment so you don’t go longer than the recommended six months between cleanings.

2. Brushing and Flossing

Brush your teeth at least twice per day, for two full minutes each time, and floss at least once per day. Don’t cut corners. You might also consider choosing dental products based on your needs. For example, if you were prone to dry mouth and/or sensitive gums, a softer brusher and perhaps a water flosser would be the way to go. The most important thing, of course, is to stay consistent.

 

3. Well-Rounded Diet

Stay away from foods that are high in sugar and corn syrup, and eat your vegetables! Your diet greatly impacts the long-term health of your gums and teeth, and eating well can go a long way toward preventing dental issues. Foods that are high in calcium are especially beneficial for dental health.

 

4. “Nip it in the Bud”

If you feel any sort of pain in your mouth, such as a dull pain that comes and goes, make an appointment immediately. It could be something as simple as having something stuck in your gums, or it could be more serious. Acute, stabbing pain is a clear sign to visit the dentist. Why wait until the discomfort is unbearable? If your gums are bleeding when you brush your teeth, that is also cause for concern.

Regardless of the issue, the longer you wait to get things checked out, the more you’re increasing the chance that you’ll have to make an emergency dental visit.

 

5. Be Mindful

Your mouth is delicate – treat it as such. You should be protecting your teeth with the same consciousness that you protect your body. Whether it’s going up for a rebound in rec league basketball or opening a beer bottle with your teeth, an accident can result in a chipped or missing tooth.

 

Of course, if you do need to make an emergency visit to an Albuquerque dentist, Davis Gribble Hollowwa is here for you. You can make a same-day appointment, even on weekends. Click here to learn more.

Author Info

Dr. Connor Hollowwa

Dr. Connor Hollowwa is an Albuquerque native. He graduated from the Albuquerque Academy and went on to receive a BA from Rice University. His Doctorate of Dental Surgery is from Creighton University School of Dentistry. Since 2014 Dr. Hollowwa has practiced at the state-of-the-art Isleta Health Center’s Dental Clinic, providing modern dental care for the members of the Pueblo of Isleta. In his free time he enjoys playing the piano, fly-fishing, golfing, and skiing.

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