In an ideal world, injuries would not happen. Unfortunately, they do happen and usually at the worst possible time. That is why we make every effort to see emergencies ASAP here at Eastland Dental Center in Bloomington, IL. You are always our top priority; we are dedicated to protecting your oral health, and easing your pain in any situation. Here are a few tips for preventing dental injuries, or minimizing the pain and damage if they do occur.
It has long been said that prevention is the best medicine. Although injuries can always happen in unexpected ways, some of the more common are preventable. One of the most important steps you can take is wearing a mouth guard while playing contact sports or engaging in injury-prone activity. To be effective, your mouth guard needs to fit well. If you do not have a suitable appliance, talk to your dentist.
Sometimes injury can occur during the most mundane of actives. Biting down on something that is too hard can fracture or even break a tooth. Opening bottles with your teeth, or holding objects between your teeth should be avoided. Chewing ice is a common, but destructive, habit – especially in hot weather. In addition to being hard, ice causes sudden temperature changes that make your teeth especially vulnerable to fracturing. Hard foods, such as some candy, should also be avoided or eaten carefully.
The most important thing you can do in case of dental injury is call Eastland Dental Center. What else should you do?
Most importantly, make sure that your dental first aid kit contains our phone number. In case of dental injury, or any other kind of dental emergency, call (309) 663-4711 for trusted dentistry. We are here when you need us.
Dr. Mike completed his doctor of dental medicine degree from Southern Illinois University in 1978. Dr. Marisa completed her doctor of dental medicine degree from Midwestern University in 2015. Both doctors have logged hundreds of hours of continuing education to stay on top of the latest technologies in dentistry as well as the most current research on the oral-systemic, mouth-body connection to benefit their patients. Dr. Mike and Dr. Marisa are active members and in excellent standing with the American Dental Association, Illinois State Dental Association, Chicago Dental Society, McLean County Dental Association, American Academy of Oral Systemic Health, and numerous other societies.
Both doctors are avid golfers and have won several national golf tournaments over the years. They are the only father-daughter team in the state to have won the Illinois State Amateur Golf Championship. Dr. Mike in 1974 and Dr. Marisa in 2005.