A dental emergency can happen in the blink of an eye, and if you experience one 一 like an avulsed tooth, toothache, oral infection, broken restorations, or cracked tooth 一 don’t hesitate to call our Atlanta, Georgia office immediately.
Dr. Ed Trizzino, a board-certified dentist who specializes in cosmetic and family dentistry, knows that dental emergencies pop up when you least expect them. That’s why we offer reserve appointments each day for emergency needs.
In the meantime, read on to learn the best strategies for reducing your risk of common dental emergencies.
Practice good oral hygiene
Maintaining a good oral hygiene routine is essential for preventing dental emergencies. Brush your teeth at least twice a day with a fluoride toothpaste and use dental floss or interdental brushes to clean between your teeth and along the gumline.
Good oral hygiene helps to prevent several different dental emergencies related to severe tooth decay and gum disease. Severe decay and gum disease can both cause infections and abscesses, which can quickly become a dental emergency causing facial swelling, fevers, and intense pain.
Wear a mouthguard
If you participate in contact sports or activities with a risk of dental injury, wearing a mouthguard is crucial. A mouthguard acts as a protective barrier, cushioning your teeth and jaws against impact.
Wearing a mouthguard can help prevent dental emergencies such as knocked-out teeth or fractured teeth. Wear one if you’re on an organized team sport or involved in high-risk recreational activities, such as skateboarding, mountain biking, and all equestrian-based sports.
Avoid chewing on hard objects
Using your teeth as tools or chewing on hard objects like ice or pens can lead to dental emergencies. These actions can cause teeth to crack, chip, or fracture. Instead, use the appropriate tools for opening packages or cutting tape and avoid putting unnecessary stress on your teeth.
Be cautious with sticky and hard foods
Sticky and hard foods can also pose a risk to your dental health. Chewing on sticky candies, like caramels or taffy, can pull out fillings or even damage your teeth. Similarly, biting into hard foods like popcorn kernels or unripe fruit can cause tooth fractures or damage existing dental work. Be mindful of the foods you consume and avoid putting excessive strain on your teeth.
Eat a healthy diet
Just as avoiding sticky food is beneficial, it’s important to focus on the right foods too. Eating well-balanced meals rich in vitamin D-3, K-2, calcium, and magnesium can help strengthen your teeth and prevent issues with your enamel chipping or cracking.
Not sure where to get started? We have a passion for holistic dentistry, and that includes prioritizing proper nutrition for good oral health.
Visit us regularly for routine cleanings
Regular dental check-ups are vital for maintaining good oral health and preventing dental emergencies. Dr. Trizzino can identify any underlying issues or potential problems before they develop into emergencies. Our team performs professional cleanings, checks for signs of tooth decay or gum disease, and provides personalized advice on maintaining your oral health.
Address dental issues promptly
If you notice any changes or discomfort in your teeth or gums, don’t delay seeking dental care. Ignoring minor issues can lead to more significant problems, resulting in dental emergencies. Whether it's tooth sensitivity, gum swelling, or persistent toothache, schedule an appointment with us as soon as possible to address the issue before it worsens.
Educate yourself and your family
Educating yourself and your family about dental care and oral health practices is crucial for preventing dental emergencies. Teach your children proper brushing and flossing techniques, and encourage them to follow a healthy diet that promotes strong teeth. By instilling good oral habits early on, you can help them avoid dental emergencies in the future.
When emergencies arise
Remember, prevention is key to maintaining a healthy smile and avoiding unnecessary pain and discomfort. However, even with the best prevention strategies, it’s not always possible to avoid a dental emergency. If you or your child experience a dental emergency, follow these tips:
- Take a deep breath (or encourage your child take to take one)
- Wipe any blood from your mouth, if applicable
- Stow knocked-out teeth in your cheek, in your socket, or in a tooth preservation kit
- Call us right away
- Use items from a dental first aid kit, such as wax to cover any sharp or jagged pieces of tooth to prevent lip lacerations
You can reach our Atlanta, Georgia office at 770-407-8459 or through our online form.