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Injuries can happen to your mouth, like any other part of the body. Oral injuries and emergencies can sometimes have serious ramifications. Just like how you should always use your seatbelt when riding in a car or wearing a helmet when riding a bike, there are a few everyday habits and simple tips that can help to prevent your chances of suffering an oral emergency.

You need to curb any bad habits like chewing on pens and pencils or crunching on ice. This also extends to using your teeth as tools. These things can cause chips, cracks and fractures in tooth enamel.

If you play a contact sport, you should ask KC Smile Doc about being fitted for a custom mouth guard. These mouthpieces are designed to be comfortable and protect your mouth while providing the easy passage of air.

Grinding your teeth at night can 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. A custom night guard, fitted by KC Smile Doc can be designed to fit comfortably into your mouth, allowing you to sleep easy and prevent further damage.

You should also consider stocking your first aid kit with a few common oral health care items like waxed floss, salt packets and topical oral analgesic. Keeping this items readily at hand will help you be prepared for some common oral emergencies.

If you have questions regarding things you can do to reduce the chances of suffering an oral injury or dental emergency, please feel free to call KC Smile Doc at 816-822-0990 to schedule an appointment.