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An accident, injury or other type of emergency can happen in your mouth, as it could any other part of your body. While it’s impossible to prevent an oral emergency from ever happening, there are a few basic things Dr. Richard Timm recommends to help reduce the chances of suffering an oral injury or make sure you’re prepared when one happens.

You should try to actively curb bad habits like chewing on pens and pencils or crunching on ice. At the same time, you should also avoid using your teeth as tools. This can cause chips, cracks and fractures in tooth enamel.

Chronic night grinding can cause chips, and fractures on the biting surfaces of your teeth. It is also one of the more common causes of TMJ disorder in the joints that hinge your mouth. Your dentist can fit you for a custom night guard, designed to fit comfortably into your mouth, allowing you to sleep easy and prevent further damage.

If you participate in contact sports, you might want to also ask Dr. Richard Timm about your mouth guard options. Some people even like to have a custom mouth guard made for them, to provide comfort and protection during athletics.

Stocking your first aid kit with a few common oral health care items like waxed floss, salt packets and topical oral analgesic will help you be better prepared when an oral emergency does happen. A tea towel, and zip top bags could also be kept on hand to help you quickly prepare a cold compress to handle any swelling problems.

If you have questions regarding what things you can do to help prevent and offer basic treatment for oral emergencies, you can call Dr. Richard Timm at 651.222.9715 to schedule an appointment.