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An injury can happen in your mouth just like any other part of your body. Certain behaviors and lifestyle choices come with higher risks. There are a few things to keep in mind to help reduce the chances of a dental emergency happening to you.

Using your teeth as tool for doing things like opening plastic bags or biting off string can increase the chances of chipping a tooth. It’s also a good idea to avoid chewing hard objects like ice, partially popped popcorn and hard candy.

A custom mouth guard is strongly recommended for athletes participating in contact sports or other rigorous athletic activities. Research has shown that blows to the face are one of the primary causes of tooth fractures and knocked out teeth. Your dentist can easily fit you for a mouth guard designed for comfortable easy breathing and maximum protection for your teeth. This is especially important for athletes with braces!

If you have braces, you should not chew gum or sticky foods. It’s also a good idea to keep some orthodontic wax on hand. If you do damage a wire or a bracket on your braces, you can cover it with the wax to keep from injuring your cheek.

If you grind your teeth while you are sleeping, you might want to consider getting a night guard. Chronic bruxism can wear down surfaces on your teeth making them prone to fractures, chips and cracks.

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 623-566-1200 to set up an appointment.