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Dental trauma can come in a myriad of forms. While some are minor and others more severe, all require professional treatment, which can sometimes be costly. To reduce your chances of dental trauma and oral accidents, Dr. Ferrell offers some simple lifestyle changes.

It’s certainly wise to work on breaking bad habits like chewing on pens and pencils, crunching on ice, or using teeth to open packaging. This can easily lead to chips, fractures, and cracks and it could potentially injure your gums.

The chronic night grinding of bruxism 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. Ferrell 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 it will help prevent further oral distress.

Athletes who participate in contact sports or other potentially dangerous activities should use a quality mouthguard when appropriate. Depending on your personal preference, Dr. Ferrell can help recommend the right mouthguard for you.

Of course, you can never completely protect your mouth from dental trauma. So, it’s wise to stock all 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 can help you offer fast first aid when an oral emergency does happen.

If you live in the Lehi, Utah, area and you have concerns about how to protect your mouth from various forms of oral trauma, you can call 801-766-3700 to consult with a staff member at Center Creek Dental.