Emergencies can happen at a moment’s notice. You never know when you will need to see an emergency dentist in order to get your teeth and gums cared for immediately. However, continuously engaging in bad oral hygiene habits can increase your chances of needing emergency services, so avoid them at all costs.


1. Avoiding Regular Checkups


Frequent checkups are essential for ensuring a professional gets a chance to examine your oral structures. You get valuable advice on what you need to change to your routine. Many health complications start as asymptomatic, so even if everything feels OK, it is still wise to schedule biannual appointments.


2. Ignoring Symptoms


Do your teeth constantly feel painful? Do your gums bleed every time after you brush? If you notice anything out of the ordinary, you need to make sure it gets checked out. A minor problem now could escalate into something far more severe that will necessitate emergency treatment.


3. Not Changing Your Toothbrush Often


The recommended lifespan for a toothbrush is about three months. If you keep yours for longer than that, then the bristles are likely going to wear out and not effectively clean your teeth. To ensure your teeth get a thorough cleaning every time, you might want to look into getting an electric toothbrush.


4. Brushing Aggressively


Even if you brush your teeth every day, you may be brushing the wrong way. Cleaning teeth with fast, hard movements is going to do more harm than good. You are going to wear down the enamel and make your teeth more susceptible to damage.


Contact Us When an Emergency Comes Up


Although emergency dental services are always available at the office of Dr. Brian Fabb and Dr. Christine Altrock, you should do everything within your power to avoid these emergencies. A few simple actions are all that is needed to maintain a healthy smile, but call us whenever you need work done.