Staying home with our families is a unique challenge for most parents who are trying to juggle school, work, and home life. Children can be creative, busy, and adventurous, and need outlets for all their energy. This is hard to balance with a desire to avoid that quick trip for urgent medical or dental care. Here’s how to avoid dental emergencies.
Preventative Care From Home
Dental Emergencies come in all shapes and sizes. They can vary from biting down on hard candy and damaging a tooth, to a sudden injury playing sports, or a cavity that needs attention. Preventative care is just as varied as each urgent situation, but some basics may help head off many problems. To begin to avoid dental emergencies, impeccable dental hygiene may help reduce risk of toothaches, cavities, or gum disease. Brushing regularly, eating healthy foods, drinking plenty of water, and flossing regularly all go a long way towards good oral health. Avoiding risky behavior like chewing ice or hard candy, or engaging in rough and tumble sports can also help head off situations that may end up with a surprise visit to the dental office.
If you or someone in your family have to keep up with sports practice goals from home, or you just have an extra adventurous bunch, some tools that can help keep everyone safe may also prevent any urgent dental care needs. Making sure sports guards are in use during any heavy sports training, wearing helmets or protective gear can help reduce risk.
Also, if you are at risk for teeth grinding during this high stress time, buying a nighttime mouth guard can prevent tooth damage that may need attention or increase your risk of injury or tooth decay. Consider your needs, activities and situations, and use appropriate protective measures to avoid dental emergencies, reduce risk, and protect your oral health.
Make A Plan and Know Your Options
Knowing your dentist’s policies and procedures regarding COVID-19 ahead of time can help make an already stressful urgent dental need, more smoothly handled. Make sure to familiarize yourself with services available, and if possible make a plan for how any urgent dental care will be handled. An ounce of prevention is worth a pound of cure, and making a way to avoid dental emergencies is the best plan you can make, but knowing what you’ll do if the time comes will help you in deciding how to move forward.
If you need to consult with a dentist during this time about your current dental care needs, call our Brentwood dentist to talk with a dentist who may be able to help you find out more about this topic, and improve your oral health.