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Oral injuries are an unfortunate part of life that can befall any one of us. While it’s impossible to completely prevent one from occurring to you or a loved one, there are things you can do to reduce your chances. To help you, Dr. Jason Nicoletti offers the following tips.

While it might seem mundane, you should make every effort to break bad habits like chewing on pens and pencils and crunching on ice. This also extends to using your teeth as tools. If you are an athlete participating in rigorous athletic activities or contact sports, you need to use a quality mouthguard.

Tobacco cessation is also an important consideration. Even occasional tobacco use can introduce tar and nicotine to your mouth and irritate gum tissues, increase healing time after dental work, and increase your chances of developing gum disease. It’s also worth noting that regular tobacco use has been directly linked to at least eight major types of cancer.

Grinding your teeth at night can also pose several threats to your oral health. It could 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. In some cases, stress relief techniques or using a night guard when you sleep can help you.

It’s also a good idea to stock your first-aid kit with a few common oral healthcare items like waxed floss, salt packets and topical oral analgesic. Keeping these items readily at hand will help you be prepared for some common oral emergencies.

If you live in the Poughkeepsie, New York, area and you would like further insights to help prevent oral trauma, you can always call 845.452.8410 to consult with a staff member at Nicoletti Dental Group.