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Injuries and emergencies can happen in your mouth just as they can in any other part of your body. At the same time, there are a few things you can do to help prevent or at least reduce the chances of having a dental emergency.

Using a custom fitted mouth guard can help protect your mouth during contact sports and other athletic activities. Your dentist custom fits the piece to comfortably protect your teeth without impeding your breathing. Several new research studies have even suggested that a custom mouth guard can help reduce the chances of suffering a concussion and certain brain injuries.

Avoid using your teeth as tools as this can cause chips, cracks and fractures. It is well worth your time to take a few extra seconds to find a scissors or the appropriate tool for the job.

Many people have a bad habit of chewing hard objects like ice, pens and pencils. Crunching down hard on these things can cause extreme pressure to your teeth and cause a fracture or crack. So, try to break these habits before it causes a significant problem.

Grinding your teeth at night on a regular basis can cause, chips and fractures in the biting surface of your teeth. It can also lead to TMJ disorder. These problems can be avoided.

It’s a good idea to put together a dental first aid kit with convenient items like waxed floss, salt packets and topical oral analgesic. These simple items can help you manage oral emergencies if they do happen.

If you have questions regarding things you can do to reduce the chances of suffering an oral injury or dental emergency, please feel free to call us at 713-520-8400 to set up an appointment.