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A dental emergency or oral accident can happen in your mouth, just like any other part of the body. While you can never completely prevent an emergency from happening, there are some basic lifestyle changes you can adopt to reduce your chances of something bad happening in your mouth. To that end, your dentist, Dr. Jon Molinare, offers the following insights.

It can be wise to stock all your first-aid kits with a few common oral health care items, like waxed 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.

You should also curtail bad habits like chewing on pens and pencils, crunching on ice and using your teeth as tools. This 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. Jon Molinare can help recommend the right mouthguard for you. If you’re interested, he could even help fit you for a custom mouthguard.

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. Dr. Jon Molinare 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 easily and prevent further damage

If you have questions about other ways you can help prevent oral injuries and emergencies in Cedar Knolls, New Jersey, you can always call 973-993-1979 to speak to a member of our Molinare Dental Group team.