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Dental trauma and oral injuries can be painful and costly to treat. While you can never fully prevent them from befalling you, there are several simple habits you can adopt to help reduce your chances of suffering a problem.

The first step is to work on breaking bad habits like chewing on objects, crunching on ice, or improvising your teeth as tools. Any of these things can cause dental fractures, and other damage to tooth enamel.

Contact sport athletes should also strongly consider using a quality mouth guard. If you’re uncomfortable with the units sold in stores, Dr. Richard C. Quinttus might be able to fit you for a custom mouth guard at his Dayton, Ohio clinic.

Unresolved stress can cause you to grind your teeth at night, which can in turn cause other oral health problems. Early on it could in chips, and fractures on the biting surfaces of your teeth. It could even cause TMJ disorder in the joints that hinge your mouth.

If stress relief measures fail to resolve your night-grinding problems, you might want to try wearing a dental guard when you sleep. This can cushion your teeth to reduce the chances of fracture, while also allowing a little slip to prevent tension on the temporomandibular joints.

It’s also worth noting that even occasional tobacco use can pose a significant threat to your oral health. In the short term, it can affect gum health, and stain tooth enamel. In the long-term, tobacco use increases your chances of suffering oral and pharyngeal cancer.

It would also be wise to stock your first aid kit with a few common oral healthcare items like waxed floss, salt packets and topical oral analgesic. Should an incident occur, you will then be better prepared to apply quality first aid.

If you live in the Dayton, Ohio area and you have further questions about how to prevent oral problems, you can always call (937) 435-0324 to speak to a member of Rahn Dental Group’s staff.