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There are many things that can pose a threat to the health of your teeth and your soft oral tissues. This can come in the form of an accidental blow to the face, grinding your teeth at night, oral hygiene problems, or other unforeseeable events.

To help reduce your chances of suffering an oral trauma or dental emergency, we recommend adopting some of the following habits.

It’s wise to curtail bad habits like chewing on pens and pencils or crunching on ice. This also extends to using your teeth as tools. Any of these activities can potentially cause chips, fractures, and other damage to your teeth.

If you participate in a contact sport or other vigorous activities, you should also strongly consider using a quality mouth guard. If you’re uncomfortable with the units sold in stores, Dr. can provide you with a custom mouth guard for improved air flow and oral protection.

The chronic night grinding condition known as bruxism can lead to several different oral health problems. At first, it can cause chips and fractures on the biting surfaces of multiple teeth. As time goes on it can even cause TMJ disorder in the joints that hinge your mouth. Stress relief techniques or using a night guard when you sleep can help reduce your chances of suffering complications.

Even occasional tobacco use can pose a significant threat to your oral health. In the short term, it can affect gum health, and stain tooth enamel. In the long-term, tobacco use increases your chances of suffering oral and pharyngeal cancer.

It would also be wise to stock your first-aid kits with a few common oral healthcare items like waxed floss, salt packets, and topical oral analgesic. Keeping a few of these items in each of your first-aid kits can help you be prepared for some common oral emergencies.

If you live in the Richmond, Virginia area and you have further questions about how to prevent oral problems, you can always call 804-554-3767 to speak to a member of Personal Dental Care.