How To Prevent A Dental Emergency This Summer! [BLOG]
You can prevent a dental emergency this summer by protecting your teeth and gums from undue harm.
Today, our team at Oregon Smile Care Center is here to help you do that!
Dr. Hanson and our team want to make sure you know the ways to keep your smile safe, and keep your summer schedule intact, with some helpful tips in our blog.
But when disaster strikes anyway, you can count on our Salem, OR team to get you the emergency dental care you need!
How To Prevent A Summer Dental Emergency
Here are some tips to keep in mind as we head into summer to prevent a dental emergency, threatening your smile, and throwing all your plans upside down!
*Use Your Teeth For Chewing Only*
Birthday celebrations, housewarming parties, and wedding showers will all have one thing in common that could put your teeth at risk.
Why on earth would presents be a bad thing, especially for your teeth?
Because in our excitement, we’re often tempted to use our teeth as tools.
That’s one of the quickest ways to land yourself in the dentist office because you can damage your teeth when trying to open packages or tearing at hard plastic ties and pieces.
Instead, you can prevent undue harm to your teeth, as well as a dental emergency, by using your teeth only for chewing and reaching for the proper tools to do everything else this summer!
*Avoid Food That Can Damage Teeth*
Summer is a time when you might indulge more in snacks and treats you wouldn’t necessarily enjoy as a regular part of your diet.
That’s because the kids are off from school, you’ll likely take a vacation at some point, and maybe you’ll be celebrating certain occasions like weddings and pool parties where sweet indulgences are plentiful.
You can avoid a dental emergency by staying away from foods that can harm your teeth.
Although you may be hot and want to cool off with ice cubes, crunching on them can chip or crack your tooth enamel and wear your teeth down.
You also don’t want to eat hard candies or dessert toppings that can cause the same type of damage.
Finally, any time you consume too much sugar, you’re putting yourself at risk for tooth decay. When that happens, you’re vulnerable to harmful bacteria that can cause painful oral infections that will inevitably lead to a dental emergency.
*Wear An Athletic Mouthguard*
During the summer sports season, you’ll need to keep your teeth and gums safe.
You can do that with an athletic mouthguard, custom-made by our own Dr. Hanson.
He can make sure your guard fits your mouth properly and comfortably for effective protection from harm caused from blunt contact during sporting activities.
It’s better to trust a dentist with the right mouthguard rather than relying on mass-produced guards found in stores.
And it’s the best way to prevent a summer dental emergency!
Call For An Appointment Or Emergency Care
Even if you can’t prevent a dental emergency, you can always find the care you need with Dr. Hanson at Oregon Smile Care Center.
Our team has the tools and training to treat your dental injury or tooth pain quickly so you can preserve your smile, health, and enjoy your summer.
Call our Salem, OR dental office at (503) 809-4784 or fill out our online form to schedule an appointment or to get help with your emergency.