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Dental emergencies and oral trauma can happen to anyone, regardless of how careful you try to be. While you can never completely prevent an emergency from befalling you or a family member, there are some things you can do to reduce your chances of one happening. To aid in this, Dr. Adrian Huang and the oral healthcare specialists at Ninth East Dental offer some simple tips and lifestyle changes to consider.

It’s wise to stock all of your first-aid kits with a few common oral healthcare items, like waxed dental floss, salt packets and topical oral analgesic. Having these basic items on hand will help you offer fast first aid when an oral emergency does happen.

At the same time, you should also make a concerted effort to cut out bad habits like chewing on pens and pencils, crunching on ice, or using your teeth as tools. This can easily lead to chips, fractures, cracks or even wounded gums.

If you are an athlete participating in a contact sport or other vigorous activity, you should use a high-quality mouthguard. Depending on your personal preference, Dr. Adrian Huang can help recommend the right mouthguard for you.

Grinding your teeth at night can result in chips and fractures on the biting surfaces of your teeth. It could even cause TMJ disorder in the joints that hinge your mouth. Dr. Adrian Huang fits you for a custom nightguard that will comfortably conform to the unique shape of your mouth. This will allow you to sleep easy and prevent further damage.

If you have questions about how to better prevent oral accidents in Provo, Utah, you can always call 801-854-9140 to seek further advice from the staff at our office.