Preventing A Dental Emergency
You can lower your risk of a dental emergency if you do some basic things for your dental health, regardless of sports activities.
Preventing dental pain
Good oral hygiene at home and frequent visits to the dentist (at least twice a year) are the best ways to prevent a dental emergency. A small cavity left untreated can become a painful infected tooth over time.
Some basic things you can do for your dental health include:
- Limiting how much food you eat that contains sugar
- Brushing with a fluoride toothpaste at least twice a day
- Flossing at least once a day.
- Using a fluoride mouthwash
- Seeing your dentist regularly, at least twice a year, and at least once if you become pregnant. If you have diabetes, osteoporosis (a disease of bone loss), or periodontal disease, you may need to see your dentist 3 or more times a year
- Since children sustain the majority of dental emergencies, remind them of the rules of the pool and daily brushing and flossing habits, and watch what you feed them
- If you play contact sports, wear a mouth guard and a helmet, face mask or shield, or jaw guard
We find that patients who regularly visit the dentist for check-ups and properly take care of their teeth rarely find themselves needing emergency dentistry. There may be no signs at all that your teeth or a tooth may be deteriorating or in need of dental care, which is why prevention is your best option.
Visiting your dentist at Perfect Dental Fairfield regularly will allow us to see any potential potentials which you may not even feel or see.
Is tooth pain a dental emergency?
Anytime you experience pain in a tooth, it’s your body’s way of alerting you to a problem. If you are in a lot of pain, call us now or come and see us immediately – you will be seen as soon as possible. Ignoring the problem will likely cause the issue to worsen and may even result in the need for an extraction if the tooth cannot be saved.
If the pain is severe, has come on suddenly, lasted more than a day, or you have a fever or other pain associated with your toothache, such as an ear ache, you should see a dentist immediately. It is best to seek treatment before an infection starts to spread or permanent damage is caused to your mouth or gums.
[Related Article: Common Dental Emergencies]
How soon should I see a dentist?
Most injuries to the mouth should be treated by a dentist as soon as possible. Getting to a dentist within 30 minutes can make the difference between saving or losing a tooth. We set aside time every day for emergency patients and there is no additional fee for an emergency appointment.
We are a skilled and responsive team who are ready to do everything possible to get you out of pain. If you are in pain, simply call us on (02) 9755 7755 or text 0477 774 199 for a free consultation or to book an appointment. We reserve spots every day for emergency patients.