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An oral emergency, like biting your tongue or lip, getting something stuck in your teeth or gums, or damage to one of your teeth, can be a cause for serious concern. While it’s impossible to completely prevent an oral emergency from ever happening, we recommend a few simple habits and tips to help reduce your chances of suffering an oral emergency.

The first thing to consider is stocking 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.

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. A custom night guard fitted by our dentists can be designed to fit comfortably into your mouth, allowing you to sleep easy and prevent further damage.

You should always wear a mouth guard while participating in contact sports.

It’s also worth noting that bad habits like chewing on pens and pencils, crunching on ice and using teeth as tools, are all common causes of oral emergencies. Curbing these bad habits will greatly reduce your chances of having something bad happen in your mouth.

If you have questions about other ways you can help prevent oral injuries and emergencies, you can call Westwood Dental at 913-432-0765 to schedule an appointment.