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How to Prevent Dental Emergencies – Sunnyvale, CA

Simple Steps to Protect Your Smile

Older man brushing teeth to prevent dental emergency in Sunnyvale

Many dental emergencies are unpredictable and happen when we least expect them. However, there are some precautionary measures you can take to reduce the chances that you will need to visit an emergency dentist. Below are some simple tips from Dr. Piccione to prevent and avoid dental emergencies. If you have additional questions after reading this page, do not hesitate to contact our Sunnyvale office!

Wear a Mouth Guard

Blue mouth guard to prevent dental emergencies

A custom mouth guard from a dental professional can protect your teeth both when you are at your most active and also while you sleep. 

Accidents and injuries can occur at any moment when playing contact sports like football or basketball. Wearing a mouth guard can help protect your teeth from any wild elbows or loose balls that fly near your face while competing.

In addition, if you clench your jaw or grind your teeth at night, your enamel is at high risk of wearing down. Custom mouth guards can prevent this issue before it has an opportunity to cause lasting damage.

Do Not Use Your Teeth as a Tool

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While teeth are great at biting off and breaking down bits of food so we can eat and stay healthy, they are not meant to be used as tools for non-food items. Never use your teeth to open bags of snacks or to bite your fingernails, as you could easily end up with a cracked, chipped or otherwise damaged tooth. Instead, grab a pair of scissors or nail clippers!

Practice Good Oral Hygiene at Home

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Practicing excellent oral hygiene at home is an easy but important way to prevent needing a trip to an emergency dentist.

If allowed to build up inside the mouth, harmful plaque and tartar will eventually wear away at tooth enamel and lead to tooth decay, gum disease and other serious oral infections. Fortunately, you can help prevent such infections by:

  • Brushing your teeth twice every day for a full two minutes each time
  • Flossing at least once daily
  • Rinsing with antibacterial mouthwash once a day

Eat a Nutritious Diet

What you eat has an enormous impact on the health of your teeth and gums. To reduce your risk of gum disease and boost your mouth’s ability to combat the harmful effects of bacteria, try to incorporate the following healthy foods into your regular diet:

  • Cheese, yogurt, and other white dairy products
  • Fish
  • Leafy greens
  • Fibrous fresh vegetables such as celery
  • Almonds

Meanwhile, try to consume less of the foods that oral bacteria love, such as sugary sweets and carbohydrates.

Avoid Chewing Hard Foods or Objects

In addition to eating a nutritious diet to boost your oral health, you should also avoid certain foods that could damage your teeth. Specifically, avoid chewing on hard foods that could crack teeth, such as popcorn kernels, hard candies or ice cubes.

The same principle applies to hard objects that you may sometimes chew absent-mindedly, such as pens, pencils, or the tips of glasses. Keep these items away from your teeth to avoid causing damage.  

Visit a Sunnyvale Dentist Every Six Months

Regularly visiting the dentist for an exam and professional cleaning is key to preventing oral infections that could develop into dental emergencies.

Of course, accidents, injuries and even infections can often happen when you least expect them. If you find yourself in the midst of an urgent situation, do not wait until your next scheduled appointment! Contact our office right away and we will work to fit you in as soon as possible so you can get the immediate dental care that you need.