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Ask The Expert: How To Protect Dental Pulp

Your dental pulp is the soft, blood vessel and nerve-filled material that supports your tooth and keeps it alive, and it’s important to protect it. So in this blog, Dr. Alexandra Cristescu and the team at Eastside Family Dentistry will provide you with some expert tips on how to protect your dental pulp from injuries and infections. 

Maintain Proper Oral Hygiene

The first and most important tip we have is to always maintain proper oral hygiene by:

  • Brushing twice a day for two minutes. Use fluoride toothpaste, and brush once in the morning and once at night after your last meal. Make sure to use proper technique, and clean all of your teeth thoroughly
  • Flossing once per day to remove debris and oral bacteria that can’t be removed with brushing alone
  • Using antibacterial mouthwash to remove bacteria. Rinsing with mouthwash is particularly effective after flossing, as it helps remove any remaining debris from your mouth

By maintaining proper oral hygiene, you can avoid cavities and infected teeth, which are usually the biggest threat to your dental pulp.

See A Dentist Regularly For Six-Month Consultations

In addition to maintaining good at-home oral hygiene, you should come to Eastside Family Dentistry for an appointment every six months. Dr. Cristescu and our dental team can remove plaque and tartar to protect your oral health, and check for signs of cavities and other oral health issues like gum disease. 

Wear A Mouthguard If You Play Contact Sports

Many serious dental injuries that affect your pulp, such as broken or deeply-cracked teeth, are caused by hard hits in contact sports. If you play a sport like soccer, football, rugby, hockey, or any other sport where you can expect to come into contact with others, get a custom-fitted mouthguard from Dr. Cristescu. 

Your mouthguard will be comfortable to wear during your sport, and will cushion and protect your teeth and gums, protecting you from serious oral injuries like cracked, chipped, or even knocked-out teeth.

Don’t Chew Extremely Hard Foods

Chewing hard foods regularly can put a lot of stress on your teeth and cause them to crack, which could result in an infection of your tooth pulp. We highly recommend that you avoid chewing and eating hard foods like popcorn kernels, ice, and hard candies, particularly with your front teeth.

Never Use Your Teeth As “Tools”

Your teeth are built to be very strong and hold up to the forces of chewing and biting. But they are not as strong or durable when they’re used for other things, like ripping open bags and packages. Over time, doing things like this can weaken, crack, or break your teeth, exposing the pulp. 

Keep Your Pulp & Teeth Healthy With These Tips, And Regular Visits To The Dentist!

If you’re overdue for a six-month teeth cleaning and oral exam in Issaquah, Dr. Cristescu is here to help. Contact us online or give us a call at (425) 391-9200 to schedule a consultation, and get the preventive care you need for peace of mind.

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