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An oral injury or dental emergency can happen at any time, just like any other part of the body. While you can never completely prevent one from happening, there are a few everyday tips our dentist at Crosby Dental Center advocates to help reduce your chances of suffering an oral injury.

It’s always a good idea to stock your first-aid kit with a few common oral healthcare items, like waxed floss, salt packets and topical oral analgesic. Having these basic items handy will help you offer fast first aid when an oral emergency does happen.

It’s best to try to curtail bad habits like chewing on pens and pencils, crunching on ice and using teeth as tools. These things can easily lead to chips, fractures, cracks or even wounded gums.

You should always wear a mouthguard while participating in contact sports. Depending on the sport and your personal preference, Dr. Jim Nored & Annette Gemp can recommend the right mouthguard for you.

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. Your dentist can fit you for a custom night guard that will comfortably conform to the unique shape of your mouth. This will allow you to sleep easy and prevent further damage.

If you have questions about other ways you can help prevent oral injuries and emergencies in Houston, Texas, you can always call Crosby Dental Center at 281-328-3569 to seek further advice.