Certain factors can leave us more at risk for dental emergencies as we age, including our medical and dental history. Our Edmonton dentists share a few facts about how's most at risk for a dental emergency, and what you can do to mitigate it.
Who is most at risk for a dental emergency?
We face different challenges during our lives that can put us at risk for a dental emergency. The fact is that dental emergencies can happen at any time in our lives, and they may have different causes. Here are a few common causes of dental emergencies in children, adults and seniors.
Children often lead active lifestyles. While physical activity is important to their health, it can also introduce hazards such as sports injuries. They also need to minimize the amount of sugary snacks they eat, as sugar can cause early cavities and tooth decay.
Injuries to the teeth as a result of blows to the mouth during physical activity can be prevented by wearing a custom-made sports mouth guard.
From the time their first tooth emerges through the gumline, children should see the dentist regularly and practice excellent at-home oral hygiene to ensure their teeth develop properly. This will help them build a solid foundation for oral health throughout their entire lives.
As we age, our teeth can become discoloured and we can experience decay. That’s why a rigorous at-home oral care routine and regularly scheduled dental appointments are critical to maintaining oral health and keeping cavities, gum disease and other conditions at bay.
Between the ages of 17 and 25, wisdom teeth may also erupt, potentially resulting in a dental emergency if they cause severe tooth pain. Infections in our teeth can also lead to pain and discomfort, and result in urgent visits to the dentist.
Most of these can be prevented or at least minimized by seeing our dentist regularly so he or she can track oral health and any conditions that should be treated. Also remember to brush and floss daily.
By the time we reach our golden years, we’ve had a lot of life experience – but also many opportunities for our oral health to decline. After a lifetime of use, our teeth can endure wear and tear.
Grinding can result in jaw pain or TMJ Disorder, and gum disease may advance to the point that the gums begin to recede. This can leave tooth roots exposed - and lead to painful infections or conditions that may result in dental emergencies that need our Edmonton TMJ dentist’s immediate attention.
Many seniors will also need dental implants to deal with certain or conditions or sudden dental emergencies or issues that come up.
No matter what your age, your dentist can assess your oral health and provide a dental risk assessment, taking into account your lifestyle and unique circumstances that may factor in to your overall risk of experiencing a dental emergency.