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Prevention is always the best way to avoid an unpleasant situation or a problem. The same goes for your oral and dental health. The best way to avoid a dental emergency is to be proactive and thorough in regards to your oral health. Here are a few simple but essential tips to help you reduce the risk of facing a dental emergency.

#1 Dental hygiene

First of all, dental hygiene is an important factor for the health of your teeth and mouth. Dental hygienists, whom you meet at your dental clinic for cleaning and examination, tell you about the importance of properly cleaning your teeth at least twice a day.
Patients who value their dental hygiene and perform thorough dental cleaning are less likely to develop a problem with their teeth.

Proper dental hygiene reduces the risk of infection and cavities, as it prevents or reduces the development of bacteria in your mouth. Cleaning, when done properly, helps keep your gums healthy and also reduces the risk of having to contact an emergency dentist!

Practical tip: Proper cleaning includes brushing and flossing. Note that tooth brushing must be done properly without putting too much pressure. To ensure the health of your teeth and gums, it is recommended to brush your teeth gently.

#2 How often you visit the dentist

As with dental hygiene, your visits to your dental clinic should not be neglected. To ensure proper follow-up and to allow for rapid interception of dental problems, a visit to the dentist every six months is recommended. It allows the dentist to assess the general health of your mouth and to supervise your dental hygiene. If a problem arises, dentists who perform periodic examinations with their patients can quickly manage them or refer them to a specialist.

Patients who neglect dental visits can sometimes develop dental problems. Some even wait to feel pain or have significant symptoms before making an appointment with their dentist. Visits to the dentist are therefore recommended as a preventive measure to prevent major problems from developing or worsening over time.

Practical tip: The Canadian Dental Association recommends a first visit to the dentist 6 months after the appearance of a first tooth in an infant. Afterwards, similarly adults, visits to the dentist are suggested every six months for children.

#3 Wearing oral protection

When you practice sports, wearing a mouthguard is strongly recommended. Your teeth are not indestructible and cannot withstand all trauma. Teeth are fragile and a crack or fracture can occur if a trauma occurs. You should have an mouthguard, whether for contact sports or sports involving objects that may reach your face.

In addition to protecting your teeth, the mouthguard reduces the risk of injury to the inside of the mouth (Tongue and cheeks for example). It can also be used to reduce risk or prevent concussions and jaw fractures.

Practical tip: There are two types of mouthguards. The first type is the generic oral protector and the other is the custom-made oral protector. There is no doubt that the tailor-made oral protector has its advantages. Ask your dentist to properly assess both options according to your needs and intended use.

#4 Be aware if you are wearing a dental device or prosthesis

If you are wearing an orthodontic appliance or a denture, it is important to listen carefully to the advice and recommendations of the professional accompanying you. Make sure you understand how to maintain and clean your device or prosthesis. Do not hesitate to ask your dentist or orthodontic specialist any questions. The more informed you are about your device or prosthesis, the more you will be able to know how to respond if a problem occurs.

Practical advice: In the event of a broken prosthesis or appliance, it is preferable to contact your dentist or orthodontist without delay in order to avoid further injury.

Remember: Be sure to contact the dentist as soon as possible.

Patients often times ignore their problems. Is this your case? Postponing treatment is a bad decision for you! It is therefore important to react quickly when a problem is detected to prevent your situation from deteriorating… some dental emergencies may occur as a result of an accident. However, some dental emergencies can be avoided by placing more emphasis on prevention.
Do not wait until a situation is unbearable to contact your dental clinic, act as soon as possible. You will allow your dentist to intercept the problem before it leads to further problems.