Dental Emergencies: two words that can make even the strongest patient quiver in fear. If you haven’t experienced it personally, you know a close friend or family member who has. It’s a very painful and scary experience when you need an emergency dentist appointment ASAP. The reality is not all dentists are able to offer this service, and sometimes when you need one the most, a dentist can be hard to find.  Guilliot Dental is your preferred family dental practice, and as such, we make ourselves available for emergency dentist appointments and all things dental care. Of course, the best case scenario is to never need emergency dental care. Read on for our top 5 ways to prevent dental emergencies from the onset.

  1. If You Notice Any Pain in Your Teeth or Gums, Do Not Procrastinate.
    One of the most common reasons to have a dental emergency is a problem that has persisted without being addressed. Setting six month visits to the dentist is a great way to avoid this problem, as well as making sure you are up-to-date on preventative care. However, if you do experience tooth pain, it is important not to delay or wait until it has become unbearable. A sign of pain is typically a sign of something that is wrong, and it will need to be addressed as soon as possible.
  2. Try to Limit Your Sugar Intake
    We know, what else can you expect to hear from a dentist? But it’s so important! The more sugar you consume, the more likely you will struggle with tooth decay, cavities, or other issues. The reason for this is sugar is very acidic, which is not a good combination for superior teeth health. It can attack your enamel and destroy minerals that your teeth need to thrive.
  3. Find a Family Dentist and Stick With Them
    Being a previous patient with a dentist can be imperative to make sure all your dental needs are being taken care of. You will need to stick with regular visits and check-ups. Not only will that help you prevent any issues in the long-term, in the event you do need to see a dentist for an emergency, you will have easy access to a local dentist.
  4. Frequently Replace Your Toothbrush
    This may not be the first thing you think about when avoiding a dental emergency, but having a worn toothbrush can have its effects on your health. The biggest issue is if your toothbrush is worn out, it will not clean your teeth effectively. Electronic toothbrushes are easy to replace, and have a special indicator to let you know when the brush heads need to be discarded. If you can’t remember when to get a new toothbrush, consider investing in an electric toothbrush.
  5. Guard Your Teeth for Contact Sports
    One of the most popular reasons for needing emergency dental work is when participating in physical activities. From a leisure activity such as ice skating to a full contact sport such as football or soccer, accidents can happen. The best way to prepare for most cases is using a mouthguard for physical activities or games. This will provide adequate mouth protection in case you have any sort of mouth injury.

    Find Your Forever Dentist at Guilliot Dental
    If we haven’t stressed it enough, finding a local family dentist will be the answer to any emergency dentist problems that may pop up in the future. With our convenient locations in downtown Lafayette and Broussard, we promise to treat you as a VIP patient who deserves having easy access to a dentist during regular business owners and beyond. We’d love to start treating your family today. Reach out to us for a free consultation and we will make sure your family always has a spot available.