A severe injury or emergency can happen in your mouth, just like any other part of the body. While you can never completely prevent one from happening, there are a few everyday tips Dr. Michael McBride advocates to help reduce your chances of suffering an oral injury.
It’s wise to stock your first aid kit with a few common oral healthcare items like waxed 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.
You should also curtail any bad habits like chewing on pens and pencils, crunching on ice, and using teeth as tools. This can easily lead to chips, fractures, cracks or even wound your gums.
You should always wear a mouth guard while participating in contact sports. Depending on the sport and your personal preference Dr. Michael McBride can help recommend the right mouth guard 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. Michael McBride can fit you for a custom night guard 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 other ways you can help prevent oral injuries and emergencies, you can always call McBride Dental in San Marcos, California at 760-471-1003 to set up a consultation session.