Taking care of your teeth means protecting them at all times. Depending on where you are and what you’re doing, certain steps can help prevent injury and infection.
Because of the very nature of certain sports — especially AFL, Rugby League and Rugby Union, the Australian Dental Association recommends wearing a mouthguard. These devices typically cover the upper teeth and can help cushion a blow to the face, minimising the risk of broken teeth and injuries to the soft tissues of the mouth. Mouthguards can also reduce the risk of teeth getting chipped or knocked out during play or practice and help protect the teeth, lips, tongue, face and jaw.
Brushing and Flossing with Braces
If your dental hygiene wasn’t the best before you got braces on, it is time to step up your game. Taking care of your teeth and gums becomes extra important when you wear braces, and caring for them means taking the time to brush your teeth and floss regularly. Use a toothbrush with a soft bristled head, toothpaste with fluoride and be gentle when you brush and floss to remove food debris and dental plaque from between your teeth and gums and from the brackets of the braces.
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Wisdom Teeth Surgery
Surgical extractions, in the case of removing impacted wisdom teeth, generally cause more pain after the procedure than simple extractions. The level of discomfort and how long it lasts will depend on how difficult it was to remove the tooth or teeth. Your dentist may prescribe pain medicine for a few days and then suggest a non-steroidal anti-inflammatory drug (NSAID). Most pain disappears after a couple of days.