Three Simple Ways to Avoid Dental Emergencies

Having a dental emergency and needing to rush to the emergency dentist can be upsetting or inconvenient, especially if it happens when you're traveling. Luckily, as described below, there are a few things you can do to reduce the chances of a dental emergency.

Attend Regular Dentist Appointments 

The first, and most simple, thing you can do is to attend regular dentist appointments. At these appointments, your dentist will be able to take an in-depth look at your teeth and will be able to catch any signs of decay, cavities, or other issues before they become a big problem. You'll be able to get them treated and adjust your routine to prevent them from reoccurring, without them ever becoming an emergency. Plus, regular dental appointments are important for other reasons, such as being able to get feedback on your oral hygiene routine and being able to get regular professional cleanings.

Keep up a Great Oral Hygiene Routine

You should also focus your efforts on having a great oral hygiene routine. Your dentist will be able to advise you on what that routine should include, and how you could improve. They'll also be able to point out parts of your mouth that are getting missed or neglected when brushing. Your routine might involve mouthwash, flossing, brushing, and using interdental brushes, depending on your needs. You should do it at least twice a day. Having a good routine will also help you notice if something is out of the ordinary, such as bleeding gums or a broken tooth, so you can book a dentist appointment before the problem gets bigger.

Follow Your Dentist's Advice

Finally, you can avoid dental emergencies by closely following any advice your dentist has given you. This could be advice about your routine — for example, using interdental brushes between your real teeth and implants. This could be related to dental work you've had, such as crowns or bridges. This is especially important if you have braces. It is important to avoid certain foods, such as gum, chewy sweets, and pretzels, or you could end up damaging your braces. By avoiding these foods, you substantially lower the risk of ending up at the emergency dentist with a broken brace. Follow your dentist's advice closely to avoid unwanted emergencies.

By attending regular dental appointments in order to catch problems early, keeping up a great routine, and following your dentist's advice closely, you can reduce your chances of having to visit the emergency dentist.