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How to Prevent Dental Emergencies – Maspeth, NY

Stopping Dental Pain Before It Starts

Patient shaking hands with emergency dentist in Maspeth, NY While Dr. Lorber and his team will gladly come to your aid whenever your smile has been injured or infected, your teeth and gums will be much better off if such emergencies never occur in the first place. Your dentist in Maspeth can offer plenty of advice for avoiding dental accidents that could lead to needing urgent care. Keep reading to learn more about protecting your oral health, and feel free to contact our office if you have additional questions.

Plan Your Meals Carefully

Multiple apples in a basket on an outdoor table A varied, nutritious diet helps set the foundation for any healthy smile. Naturally, you should be eating plenty of fruits and vegetables; the fibers they contain will help keep your teeth and gums clean and encourage the production of saliva, which helps neutralize harmful acids that can wear away at your enamel. At the same time, though, you need to be wary of foods or beverages that contain high levels of sugar or starch. These ingredients, when left to sit in your mouth, encourage oral bacteria to produce the acids that contribute to tooth decay, which could ultimately result in a toothache or an infection that requires root canal therapy. You don’t have to avoid sugar and starch altogether, but it’s best not to snack on them constantly throughout the day; generally, you should save such foods for mealtime, which is when your mouth naturally produces more saliva.

Keep Your Teeth Safe from Wear and Tear

Man in white shirt holding a nightguard for bruxism Both children and adults are at risk for nightly teeth grinding or clenching, also known as bruxism. In addition to wearing down the teeth, bruxism could also cause jaw pain or even a temporomandibular joint disorder. You can protect your teeth at night with a custom-made mouthguard. (You should also be wearing a similar appliance if you participate in any kind of sport.)

Pay attention to what you bite down on. Over time, bad habits such as crunching ice or chewing on pen tips could damage your teeth to the point of fracturing them. Take great care not to bite down on anything that’s especially hard, especially if it’s an inedible object that was not meant to be chewed in the first place. On that note, you should never try opening packages with your teeth; if you’re having trouble, find some scissors or another appropriate tool instead.

Brush and Floss Regularly

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There will always be a risk of gum disease and tooth decay developing in your mouth, but you’ll find that it’s much easier to protect your smile if you practice good oral hygiene every day. When you brush, use a fluoride toothpaste that helps remove harmful bacteria while also strengthening the enamel. Not only does this help them resist decay, but they’ll also become harder to chip in general. Do not forget to floss, as it is the most reliable way to remove food particles and plaque from the spots between your teeth that a toothbrush can’t easily reach.