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Your mouth is just as much a threat for harm as any other part of your body. When an oral injury or dental emergency does befall you or a family member, it can be painful and sometimes even costly to treat. At the same time, there are several simply habits worth adopting to reduce your chances of suffering undue harm to your mouth.

The first is make sure you attend your regular dental checkup and Dr. Behzad Abadi’s Encino, California clinic. This can help detect small cavities and early signs of gum disease before they can develop into a much more serious problem.

It’s also wise to work on breaking bad habits like nervously nibbling on objects, chewing ice, or using teeth as improvised tooth. These things can easily lead to chips, fractures, cracks and 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. We 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 easy and prevent further oral distress.

If you participate in a contact sport, or other potentially dangerous activities, you need to always use a quality mouth guard, at the appropriate times. Depending on your personal preference, we can help recommend the right mouth guard 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 will help you offer fast first aid when an oral emergency does happen.

If you live in the Encino, California area and you have concerns about how to protect your mouth from various forms of oral trauma, you can call 818-990-5900 to consult with a staff member at My Encino Dental ’s clinic.