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How to Prevent a Dental Emergency – Falls Church, VA

The Secret to Protecting Your Smile

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You can rely on Tysons Dental Esthetics whenever there’s a dental emergency, but it’s always better to avoid oral injuries or tooth pain whenever possible. You’ll save yourself a lot of trouble in the long run! Fortunately, by following a few simple, straightforward tips from Dr. Berrada, you and your family will find it much easier to keep your pearly whites safe. Here are some things to keep in mind if you want to avoid unexpected accidents.

Maintain a Great Dental Care Routine

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There are many cases where a dental emergency is the result of an oral health problem (such as a cavity) that started small but became much worse after being ignored for too long. The easiest way to stop this from happening is by brushing and flossing thoroughly every day. You should also have a routine exam and cleaning at Tysons Dental Esthetics once every six months. This way any issues will be caught and treated long before they reach the point of becoming actual emergencies.

Do Not Bite Down on Anything Extremely Hard

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Do you ever absentmindedly bite down on the tip of your pen or chew on the popcorn kernels near the bottom of the bag? Be careful if you do; these bad habits can slowly wear down the enamel protecting your teeth, leaving them more vulnerable to becoming chipped or cracked. Do your best to avoid chewing on hard candy, ice, pencils, or fingernails. If you find that you simply need to chew on something during the day, try sugarless gum; not only is it easier on your teeth, but it will also help clean them and protect you from cavities!

Get a Mouthguard for Sports and Bedtime

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If you or your loved ones play any kind of sport, wearing a mouthguard is extremely important. Even when it comes to non-contact sports like tennis, any activity that combines fast movement, flying objects and/or hard surfaces could easily end in a dental emergency if you make a wrong move. By wearing a mouthguard, you can greatly reduce the damage done to the teeth, lips, and gums even if there’s an accident. A custom-made mouthguard from your emergency dentist in Falls Church will offer much better protection than one from the store.

There are also mouthguards that are meant to protect your teeth at night. Many people grind their teeth while their asleep, wearing them down. A nightguard will protect your smile while you’re catching some zzz’s. 

Do Not Open Containers with Your Teeth

If you’ve ever had trouble opening a package or removing a piece of plastic from a product, chances are you’ve been tempted to try and solve the problem with your teeth. However, your pearly whites aren’t designed to bite down on anything except food, so biting down on any sort of container could lead to accidental chipping. Take the time to find a pair of scissors or another suitable tool instead.

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