Halloween is coming up soon. We hope you have picked out your costume, and we also hope you don’t eat too much candy. (Losing your teeth could spoil the fun of this annual celebration.)
Many people like to dress as something scary on this festival of frights. Yet, we can think of something that many people find scarier in everyday life — dental emergencies.
It would be wonderful if no one ever had a toothache, cracked a tooth, or had a tooth knocked out. We also know that these things do happen, and our team in Crown Point, IN can help if any of them happen to you or someone you love.
If you haven’t already, take a moment to save our phone number, 219-641-3422. We want you to be able to reach Van Buskirk & Krischke DDS as quickly as possible.
Preventing Problems is the Best Option
We hope you never need emergency dental care, but some people will. When they do, we want you to know that we can help.
Before we get to that, let’s take a moment to review some of the things you can do to help prevent these kinds of problems.
First and foremost, remember to brush and floss your teeth daily. More specifically, brush with a soft-bristled toothbrush and toothpaste with fluoride. You also should brush twice daily for two minutes each time. To floss, use any kind of dental floss that works for you. You also can use flossers or water flossers if that’s easier. The important thing is to clean the space between your teeth and below your gumline every day.
Doing this will reduce your risk of both tooth decay and gum infections.
Second, get regular dental cleanings and exams. Professional cleanings will remove plaque and tartar building that can lead to cavities and periodontal disease. Professional exams can find these problems in the early stages, so they can be treated before you have a bigger oral health issue.
Third, always wear an athletic mouthguard when competing in or practicing your sport(s) of choice. Statistically, athletes who don’t wear mouthguard are 60 times more likely to have dental injuries than athletes who wear mouthguards. And custom-fitted mouthguards, which we can make for you, provide better protection than the boil-and-bite kind you will find in stores.
Know Where You Will Go, Who You Will Call
Schools practice fire drills all the time. Many people are trained in first aid just in case it’s ever needed.
For a dental emergency, the American Dental Association has put together some valuable tips for what to do during different kinds of emergencies.
But the one thing you should remember in any emergency dental situation is that you can call Van Buskirk & Krischke DDS to get help. Our team of caring professionals wants to end your pain, so we can figure out the best way to get your smile back in shape.
And remember, you can call 219-641-3422. We’ll help as quickly as we can.