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Here at Dental Implant and Aesthetic Specialists of Atlanta, every member of our team is passionate and dedicated to helping people maintain good oral health. While this certainly starts with good oral hygiene habits to prevent cavities and gum disease, it also encompasses other factors. Dental trauma can pose a significant threat to your mouth and can affect your overall quality of life.

To help you reduce your chances of suffering dental harm or to be better prepared for an emergency, Dr. Brett Langston and Dr. Maria Pappas recommend adopting a few simple lifestyle habits.

It’s worth the effort to cut out bad habits like chewing on pens and pencils, crunching on ice, or using your teeth as tools. This can easily lead to chips, fractures, and cracks or it can even wound your gums.

If you are involved in a contact sport or other vigorous activity, you should use a high-quality mouthguard. Depending on your personal preference, your dentist 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. We can help fit you for a custom dental guard that will comfortably conform to the unique shape of your mouth. This will allow you to sleep easily while preventing problems with dental fractures and TMJ disorder.

It’s also a good idea to stock each of your first-aid kits with a few common oral healthcare items like waxed dental 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.

If you have questions about how to better prevent oral accidents in Decatur, Georgia, you can always call (404) 321-4588 to seek further advice from the staff at Dental Implant and Aesthetic Specialists of Atlanta. Dr. Brett Langston and Dr. Maria Pappas look forward to helping you with your oral health needs.