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Injuries and emergencies can happen in your mouth just like any other part of your body. At the same time, there are a few everyday habits you can adapt to reduce the chances of suffering an oral emergency.

It’s a good idea to curtail bad habits such as chewing on hard objects like pencils and pens or using your teeth as tools. This can cause cracks, chips and fractures in your tooth enamel.

Wearing a mouth guard is absolutely essentially, to protect your teeth if you play contact sports. athletes complain that retail level mouth guards make it hard to breath. Fortunately, your dentist can fit you for a custom mouth guard that comfortably protects your teeth and allows you to breathe easy.

Grinding your teeth at night on a regular basis can result in chips and fractures on the biting surface of your teeth. It is also one of the common causes of TMJ disorder. These problems can be avoided by inserting a night guard into your mouth when you go to bed at night.

It’s also a good idea to stock your first aid kit with convenient oral health care items like waxed floss, salt packets and topical oral analgesic. This makes sure you have what you need quickly at hand when something does happen.

If you have questions regarding things you can do to reduce the chances of suffering an oral injury or dental emergency, please feel free to call us at 361.592.4373 to set up an appointment.