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There are several different forms of oral trauma. This includes chipped teeth, dental fractures, tongue injuries, gum injuries, and other wounds to the soft tissues in your mouth. Should any of these things befall you it can cause significant discomfort and sometimes costly treatment.

Fortunately, there are several things you can do to reduce your risks of suffering oral trauma. Dr. Robert Page and the staff at Congress Dental Group offer a few key habits to try adopting. One or all of these things could help prevent your mouth from suffering serious harm.

Contact sport athletes should strongly consider using a quality mouth guard. If you’re uncomfortable with the units sold in stores, Dr. Robert Page might be able to fit you for a custom mouth guard. It can be molded to the unique shape of your mouth to provide maximum comfort and passage of air.

Unresolved stress can cause you to grind your teeth at night. In time, this can cause other oral health problems such as chips and fractures on the biting surfaces of your teeth. It can even cause TMJ disorder in the joints that hinge your mouth.

If stress relief measures don’t help you might want to try wearing a dental guard when you sleep. This can cushion your teeth to reduce the chances of fracture, while also allowing a little slip to prevent tension on the temporomandibular joints.

It’s also worth noting that even occasional tobacco use can pose a significant threat to your oral health. In the short term, it can affect the health of your gums and stain tooth enamel. Long term, tobacco use increases your chances of suffering oral and pharyngeal cancer.

It would also be wise to stock your first aid kit with a few common oral healthcare items like waxed floss, salt packets and topical oral analgesic. Should an incident occur, you will then be better prepared to apply quality first aid.

If you live in the Boston, Massachusetts area and you have further questions about how to prevent oral problems, you can always call (617) 574-8700 to speak to a member of Congress Dental Group.