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You may have heard that it takes 21 days to stop a bad habit, but have you also heard that it takes 66 days to create a habit? That may seem like ages, but you undoubtedly have several habits that developed over 66 days or even longer. When it comes to caring for your teeth and gums, you may have picked up a few habits that are doing a disservice to the health and safety of your teeth and gums. Bad dental habits, like the four outlined below, can lead to emergency situations that can be painful, expensive, and inconvenient. Though difficult to break, any emergency dentist in the Atlanta, GA area will tell you that stopping these habits now can mean healthier, stronger teeth for years to come.

If you are experiencing a dental emergency, contact our office immediately. Dr. Richard L. Rodgers is an accomplished dental professional, and is one of only 6% of dentists to become a Fellow of the Academy of General Dentistry. With Dr. Rodgers, your teeth and gums are well-cared for by a dental professional with one of the highest levels of expertise! Contact us now at 404.577.6620 if you are experiencing what you believe to be a dental emergency.

Forgetting to Protect Your Teeth During Physical Activity

Active hobbies like rock climbing, cycling, or team sports are a great way to stay in shape and have fun. But if you are taking part in extreme or contact sports, it’s imperative that you wear a mouthguard to protect your teeth from injury and trauma.

A simple mouthguard can prevent a fall or hit to the face from becoming an emergency visit to our practice. If you do not have a custom mouthguard, schedule an appointment today to have yours custom-fitted by Dr. Richard L. Rodgers. Simple preventive steps now can mean huge time and cost-savings (not to mention less pain) down the road.

Chewing Ice

After you finish a drink, do you frequently chew on leftover ice cubes to keep your mouth occupied? Chewing ice may seem like a harmless habit, but the combination of ice’s cold temperature and hard surface can put incredible strain on your teeth. Tooth enamel is incredibly strong, but after years of stress, it may only take one wrong “chomp” to crack a tooth or break a filling. Make it a habit to ditch the ice this spring. If it helps, try to drink through a straw to avoid temptation!

Using Your Teeth as Tools

Your teeth are not designed to help you open a tightly wrapped package or open a bottle. When you don’t see scissors close at hand, you may have the temptation to use your teeth to accomplish the job just once or twice. Don’t do it! Using your teeth as a tool just once is not safe and can start a bad precedent. Many patients have broken or chipped teeth, or even significantly injured their gums by using their teeth inappropriately. Practice patience and try to find another tool; make it a “no-excuses” rule to never use your teeth as a tool!

Ignoring Dental Discomfort

For patients who may have dental anxiety or phobia, a trip to the dentist can be hard to face. However, if you regularly ignore dental issues and deal with them by simply taking over-the-counter medications or other home remedies, you could be putting yourself at risk for a future dental emergency. For instance, tooth pain can be a sign of an inflamed or infected inner tooth which should be treated through root canal therapy. However, the longer you put off treatment, the greater the chance of developing an abscessed tooth. Once a pocket of infection has developed in or around a tooth, serious symptoms such as fever, swelling, and significant pain must be dealt with immediately. To avoid emergency situations, be sure to have symptoms such as tooth pain, sensitivity, loose teeth, or tender gums checked out sooner rather than later.

Contact emergency dentist, Dr. Richard L. Rodgers

If you are looking for a dental provider who can be there when you need it, consider Dr. Richard L. Rodgers. Our Atlanta, GA practice offers comprehensive dental care, including emergency services, to help you live pain-free through a healthy, strong smile. Call us today to schedule an appointment at 404.577.6620.

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