Toothache, abscesses or damage to teeth are problems that could prompt a call to the emergency dentist. But there are things we can do to help avoid the pain and inconvenience that goes along with needing dental help fast.
Visiting the dentist regularly
It’s something you probably look forward to as much as getting your car MOT’d. But regular dental checkups are essential if you want to stop your teeth ’breaking down’. Checkups allow your dentist to spot any issues before they become an emergency. Because everyone is different, your dentist might suggest you have checkups every six months or once a year.
Looking after teeth and gums
Regular checkups are an important element of avoiding a dental emergency. But how we look after our teeth in between appointments is just as crucial. Here are three ways to stay on top of your oral health:
Regular cleaning and flossing
The British Dental Health Foundation recommends brushing your teeth for two minutes, twice a day.
Replace your toothbrush every three months (or sooner if you’ve been ill). Use fluoride toothpaste and aim to floss every day or at least three times a week.
Curb the junk in your diet
You probably had it drummed into you as a kid that eating sweets will rot your teeth. Well, unfortunately, it’s true. So if you need a snack, try a lump of cheese, some plain yogurt or some raw veg crudités. These foods are not only better for your teeth; they’re better for your body. We all like a few sweets, crisps and chocolates from time to time, but they do less damage to teeth when eaten at mealtimes.
Protect teeth from damage
Trauma to the mouth from accident or injury is another way you might need an emergency dentist appointment. Wearing a gum shield if you play contact sports, or a full-face helmet if you ride motorbikes will help protect teeth from impacts. And avoid using your teeth to open things or hold keys.
Even with the best care, sometimes we need dental help in a hurry. So if you are in pain and need an emergency appointment, please call Gwersyllt Dental Care in Wrexham on 01978 757409 in or out of practice hours.