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Oral trauma and dental emergencies can oftentimes cause significant discomfort and pain. Some of them even require expensive and extensive treatments to fully restore the full function of your mouth. While you can never completely prevent one from ever happening to you or a loved one, there are things you can do to reduce your chances of befalling oral harm.

One of the most obvious measures is to break bad habits like chewing on pens and pencils or crunching on ice. This also extends to using your teeth as tools. If you are an athlete participating in rigorous athletic activities or contact sports, you need to use a quality mouthguard.

These things can cause chips and fractures in tooth enamel. Even if the damage doesn’t cause pain or heightened sensitivity, the area can later foster tooth decay.

You should also make every possible effort to abstain from tobacco use. The tar and nicotine it introduces to your mouth can irritate gum tissues, increase healing time after dental work, and increase your chances of developing gum disease. It’s also worth noting that regular tobacco use has been directly linked to at least eight major types of cancer.

Grinding your teeth at night can also pose several threats to your oral health. It could result in chips and fractures on the biting surfaces of your teeth. It could even cause TMJ disorder in the joints that hinge your mouth. In some cases, stress relief techniques or using a night guard when you sleep can help.

It’s also a good idea to stock your first-aid kit with a few common oral healthcare items like waxed floss, salt packets and topical oral analgesic. Keeping these items readily at hand will help you be prepared for some common oral emergencies.

If you live in the Dearborn, Michigan, area and you would like further insights to help prevent oral trauma, you can always call 313-562-5610 to speak to a member of Dr. Robert Farber’s dental staff at Dearborn West Dental.