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Even though your teeth are extremely durable, there are still a few things that can cause significant dental trauma. This could be as simple as a chipped tooth from using your teeth to open a package or as severe as a knocked out tooth from an unprotected blow to the face.

While you can never fully prevent a dental emergency, there are still some simple measures you can take to reduce your risk of suffering one or to at least be better prepared to administer first-aid. The dental care specialists at McCord Orthodontics offer the following insights to help you better prevent problems with your teeth.

Athletes and people who engage in vigorous activities should strongly consider using a quality mouth guard. If you’re uncomfortable with the units found on store shelves, you may need to be fit for a custom mouth guard. This durable unit is made from a soft plastic material that can be molded to the unique shape of your mouth to provide maximum comfort and passage of air.

Grinding your teeth while you sleep can also lead to several dental health problems. In time, this can cause other oral health problems such as chips, and fractures on the biting surfaces of your teeth. It could even cause TMJ disorder in the joints that hinge your mouth. These complications can often be prevented or mitigated by sleeping with a dental guard in your mouth. It can cushion your teeth to reduce the chances of fracture, while also allowing a little slip to prevent tension on the temporomandibular joints.

It’s also worth noting that even occasional tobacco use can pose a significant threat to your oral health. In the short term it can affect the health of your gums and stain tooth enamel. Long term, tobacco use increases your chances of suffering oral and pharyngeal cancer.

You should also consider your first aid kit with a few common oral healthcare items like waxed floss, salt packets and topical oral analgesic. Should an incident occur, you will then be better prepared to apply quality first aid.

If you live in the Idaho Falls or Pocatello, Idaho, areas and you have further questions about how to prevent oral problems, you can always call 208.529.8333 to speak to a member of McCord Orthodontics.