First, it’s important to be aware of potential dangers. Dangers could include job-related hazards, such as slippery surfaces or heavy objects, playing contact sports like hockey or football, etc. This isn’t to say that you should be overly cautious of every possible scenario where you could get injured, unexpected events always happen, but by being aware of situations that could cause a mouth injury, you will be better prepared to avoid them before they occur, saving you money and time.
The second step is maintenance. Weakened teeth will be more susceptible to injuries. Therefore, it’s best to do what you can to make sure your teeth are as healthy as possible in order to help prevent damage. While brushing and flossing won’t prevent damage from highly traumatic events like a car accident, it can keep them strong enough to prevent damage from lower impact trauma like a tackle during a football game. It also can give you a better chance of recovering quickly from an unpreventable mouth injury.
The third and final step is protection. Once you’ve accounted for dangers, you should do what you can to counteract them. For example, if you play hockey with a recreation league, you should wear a mouth guard (or face mask if you’re a goalie). Wearing a helmet while you ride a bike can lessen a head impact which can lead to serious mouth damage. Using your hard hat can do the same if you work on a construction site or other hazardous workplace.
Even with the best preparation and prevention, injuries can occasionally be unavoidable. Serenity Dental of Citrus Heights provides the most up-to-date and holistic solutions to whatever mouth injury you may have experienced. Teeth that are knocked out can be saved if tended to fast enough. Emergency fixes can be successful. If you have any sort of mouth trauma, contact us right away for advice and options. You can also take a look at our blog, What to Do in a Dental Emergency.