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Oral injuries and dental trauma can be painful and treatment measures can sometimes prove costly. While you can never make you or your family immune to oral trauma, there are several simple things you can do to reduce your chances of something befalling you. To that end, Dr. John Moylan offers the following insights.

Of course, breaking bad habits like chewing on pens and pencils or crunching on ice can go a long way. This also extends to using your teeth as tools. These can potentially cause chips, fractures, and other damage to your tooth enamel.

Athletes in rigorous activities and contact sports should also strongly consider using a quality mouthguard. If you’re uncomfortable with the units sold in stores, your dentist might be able to fit you for a custom mouthguard for improved airflow and oral protection.

Grinding your teeth on a nightly basis can lead to several different oral health problems. Early on, 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 is all you need to do to 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 kit with a few common oral health care 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 Richmond, VA, 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 our Personal Dental Care staff.