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Summer Safety: How to Avoid Broken Teeth

prevent-broken-teeth-childrenWith the sun shining and the sprinklers flowing, summer can be a time to feel footloose and fancy-free. But that doesn’t mean we should take our eye off the ball when it comes to safety.

In fact, some of the things we love the most in the summertime can be downright dangerous when we’re not paying attention to what we’re doing. We thought we’d share a few reminders about how to avoid broken teeth while you’re out having fun this summer.

Avoid Broken Teeth With One Superpower: Attention

We’ll get into the nitty gritty, but there’s one main message to keep in mind when trying to avoid broken teeth and other injuries this summer: pay attention. It sounds obvious, but you might be surprised by the number of stories we hear about kids and adults breaking teeth because they weren’t thinking about what they were doing.

Five Key Ways to Avoid Broken Teeth this Summer

bit-hard-candy-avoid-broken-tooth-tips1. Watch Where You Walk, Swing or Stand

Whether you’re on a fast walk through the neighborhood or in a foursome with friends, be intentional about it. If you’re walking on the sidewalk, there are bound to be cracks. it’s tempting to gaze at the trees or the neighbor’s garden, but we’ve seen plenty of broken teeth resulting from a trip and fall.

Always watch where you’re going! If you’re out on the golf course or playground, you’ll need to be on the lookout for where others are too. Kids miss a rung on the monkey bars. People stand too close on the practice tee. Just like looking both ways before you cross the street, remember to pause before swinging.

2. Don’t Run by the Pool

pool-avoid-broken-teethWe’ve all heard this a thousand times. Here’s to 1001. We can’t say it enough. Concrete pool sides are unforgiving. They’re full of obstacles from foam floaties to sunscreen bottles to other humans. They can be slippery, and they’re hard. Really, really hard. To avoid broken teeth by the pool, just listen to your mom.

3. Wear Protective Gear During Sports

It’s tempting to just head out and toss the ball around. It’s easier to leave the gear at home. But having the right gear can make a big difference in safety during play and practice. When it comes to avoiding broken teeth, batting helmets, catchers masks and mouth guards are of prime concern. 

4. Stick to Less Sticky Chewing

One big bucket of ways to avoid broken teeth is in the food category. From popcorn to stone fruits with hard pits, and hard taffy to dense snack or meal bars on the run, summer is full of food that can cause damage if you’re not paying attention. No matter the snack, one message can save the day. Think before you chew. And just saying no to things like crunching ice can save you a lot of time, money and pain.

5. Get out of the Grind

Let’s face it. Things have stayed stressful this year so far. We’ll go into more detail on this in a future post, but for now, just remember that grinding your teeth can lead to chips, cracks and broken teeth. If you’ve been finding yourself more stressed than usual and waking up with a sore jaw, ask us about a night guard to protect yourself this summer and beyond.

Keep Cool and Avoid Breaking Teeth

Paying attention to what you and others around you are doing can make the difference between an emergency trip to the dentist and a carefree summer day. Although we always love to see our patients, we do not look forward to those emergency visits. We’d rather see you smiling, so stay safe and come on in for your cleaning.

To schedule an appointment, fill out this form, or call our office at 815-886-0875.

 

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Selena Nunez
Selena Nunez
October 22, 2022.

Hands down the best dental office to receive your dental and cosmetic needs. The staff is always very friendly and welcoming. It’s also so nice knowing that they have 3 amazing doctors on staff who know their craft. No matter which provider you see, you just know you’re in great hands. My last visit was with Dr. Sheikh for Botox. She’s very thorough and has a keen eye for detail. I’m two weeks out from my Botox treatment and let me just say, my skin has never felt so smooth or looked as radiant as it does now. Always a pleasure visiting Dr. Sheikh!

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Victoria esposito
October 2, 2022.

Please look no further! This entire office has their act together. I’ve been seeing Dr Sheikh and she is so patient and gentle.She is also a perfectionist and listens to your concerns and delivers options. I’ve also seen Dr Nina and Dr Patel and certainly no complaints with either of them. I’ve had 3 crowns and numerous fillings and no problems with any of the work. Thanks for building my complete confidence!

Nancy Sauer
Nancy Sauer
September 29, 2022.

Today I had a great visit at Romeoville Dental! Anna and Jaime are wonderful, and so is Dr. Nina. The desk staff are very welcoming. It's always so enjoyable to come here.

Daniel Gonzalez
Daniel Gonzalez
September 28, 2022.

Excelente servicio

Neshelle Baker
Neshelle Baker
September 25, 2022.

I love Romeoville Dental Center! I’ve been here about 4 times and had a different hygienist and dentist each time. The entire team is amazing, every single person has always been caring, gentle and friendly. I highly recommend.

Gianna Munoz
Gianna Munoz
September 24, 2022.

By far the best dentist office I’ve been to. I love the patient care and the whole staff.

Phyllis Lanphear
Phyllis Lanphear
September 24, 2022.

The office staff and dentists are just awesome!! They take time to talk with you and make you feel so comfortable.