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An emergency or injury can happen in your mouth, just like any other part of the body. While you can’t always prevent any oral emergency from happening there are a few simple lifestyle habits you can adopt to help prevent some common oral emergencies, or at least make it easier for you to handle them effectively.

It’s a good idea to avoid giving in to bad habits like nibbling on pens and pencils or chewing on ice. It’s also a good idea to avoid using your teeth as tools. These actions can cause chips, cracks, or even serious fractures in your tooth enamel.

Grinding your teeth at night on a regular basis can also cause chips and fractures along the biting surface of your teeth. It could also cause you to develop TMJ disorder. Improved stress management techniques can help prevent further damage.

Stocking your first aid kit with a few common oral healthcare items like waxed floss, salt packets and topical oral analgesic will help you be better prepared when an oral emergency does happen. Tooth preservation products are also good to keep handy.

If you have questions regarding what things you can do to help prevent oral emergencies, or want to learn more about reacting properly when one does occur, please call Dr. Mario J. Roybal at Mario Roybal to schedule an appointment.