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How to Prevent a Dental Emergency

How to Prevent a Dental Emergency

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dental emergency holland mi dentistThere’s never a good time to experience a dental emergency. That’s why it’s important that you do everything in your power to prevent an emergency from happening in the first place.

The good news is that healthy habits are the key to maintaining a healthy smile. Something as simple as brushing your teeth twice a day will greatly reduce your risk of cavities, gum disease, and other issues.

Likewise, being able to prevent a dental emergency will help you save money that you would have otherwise spent on restorative treatment.

Here’s what else you need to know.

Practice Good Oral Hygiene

One of the main causes of oral health problems is dental plaque. Plaque is an invisible film of bacteria that lives inside your mouth. As it consumes sugar, it produces an acid that erodes your enamel and attacks your gums.

To prevent dental plaque buildup, it’s important that you practice good oral hygiene at home. This means brushing your teeth twice a day for two minutes at a time. You should also floss once a day to remove any food particles or plaque hiding between teeth.

While it’s optional, you may also consider using a fluoride mouth rinse. Fluoride helps to strengthen your teeth so it’s more resistant to acid attacks from plaque.

Practicing good oral hygiene is a form of self-care so you can avoid cavities, gum disease, and other oral health issues.

Wear a Sports Mouth Guard

Do you play a contact sport like football or hockey? If so, we recommend wearing a custom mouth guard from your dentist. A mouth guard is an oral appliance that provides a layer of protection over your teeth. That way, it’ll absorb any impact if you’re hit in the face and reduce your risk of cracking or knocking out a tooth.

A custom mouth guard will offer a higher level of protection than one you buy at the sporting goods store. That’s because it’s made from digital dental impressions of your teeth and gums. This ensures a comfortable fit that’s not too tight or loose. It also helps you breathe more easily while you play so you can focus on the game.

Even if you don’t play a contact sport, you may want to consider wearing a mouth guard if there’s a substantial risk of oral injury.

Don’t Skip Your Teeth Cleaning Appointments

In general, we recommend that our patients schedule their teeth cleanings with us every 6 months. But Dr. Habecker may need to see you more frequently if he needs to closely monitor an oral health condition, such as periodontitis.

While you can remove plaque at home by brushing and flossing, only a dental health professional will be able to remove tartar. Tartar is calcified plaque.

We may also take X-rays if it’s been a while since your last ones. This allows us to detect decay between teeth, bone loss in the jaw, and other issues that we can’t see with the naked eye.

After your dental cleaning, Dr. Habecker will examine your teeth and gums. He’ll also examine any X-rays that we may have taken during your appointment.

This level of preventive care will help you reduce your risk of having a dental emergency. That’s because we’re able to detect small issues with your oral health before they have the opportunity to worsen.

Request an Appointment With Dr. Habecker

Dr. Brenton Habecker is an experienced family dentist in Holland, MI. As such, he offers emergency dental care and other services to restore your oral health.

If you have a dental emergency, please call Macatawa Smiles at (616) 396-7524. For non-emergencies, you may also fill out our online contact form and someone from our office will reach out to you soon.


Dear Patient Family,

The COVID-19 pandemic has been a difficult time for all of us. Many of you have been forced to wait for dental care and we appreciate your understanding while we kept our office closed to follow orders from the Governor's Office.

We are happy to say that we are opening our office for all patient treatment on June 1st, 2020. Our hours of operation will go back to normal, Monday-Thursday 8am - 5pm. We want you to know that there will be some changes at your next appointment. Please be patient with us as our protocols will inevitably change as new guidelines are released.

  • We ask that you use our parking lot as the waiting room.
  • Please wear a mask when you come into the office and leave it on until entering the treatment room. Homemade is acceptable.
  • Only the person receiving treatment should come in the building, all others will be asked to wait in the car if at all possible. The exception will be for our minor patients who may have one parent accompany them.
  • We will be asking you some questions when you arrive at the office and we will also be taking your temperature.
  • We will not be able to offer magazines, drinks, or toys at this time as they cannot be disinfected to our standards. Eventually this will change and we will be happy to offer our amenities once again.

These changes have been made to adhere to the latest CDC guidelines and for the benefit of our patients and our staff. We want you to know that our office has always taken the safety of our patients very seriously and that we will continue to follow the highest levels of sterilization and disinfection to keep you protected. If you would like more information on what measures we have taken we would be more than happy to answer any questions you may have.

We cannot say how excited we are to see all of our patients again and to provide for their dental needs. We look forward to seeing all of your smiling faces soon!

Dr. Habecker and Team