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Oral accidents, dental damage and oral emergencies not only cause pain, but they can also require expensive treatments. Some of the more common oral problems can be easily prevented with some minor lifestyle modifications. To that end, your dentist, Dr. Lynn Leyde, offers these key insights.

To begin, it’s a good idea to stock every one of your first-aid kits 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 bad habits like chewing on pens and pencils, crunching on ice and using your teeth as tools. This can easily lead to chips, fractures, cracks or wounded gums.

You should always wear a mouthguard while participating in contact sports. Depending on the sport and your personal preference, we can help recommend the right mouthguard for you. If you’re interested, we could even help fit you for a custom mouthguard.

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. Your dentist 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 easily and prevent further damage.

If you have questions about how to better prevent oral accidents in Shoreline, Washington, you can always call 206-546-8377 to speak to a member of the staff at Professional Dental Care.