A dental emergency can occur to anyone at any time. It is almost impossible to predict when you might be blindsided by a raging toothache or a problem that requires emergency dentistry. Being prepared is possibly one of the best things you can do coupled with being proactive in maintaining good dental health.
Preparation includes things such as:
Post the name and contact information for your emergency dentist making this information available for all family members and caregivers. This should include after hours information as well. If a dental emergency should occur, having that contact information available is important to relieve discomfort and follow appropriate protocol until the patient can be seen.
Although you aren’t expected to be well versed in emergency dentistry, some basic knowledge is very helpful. Ice or cold packs can help with swelling; an over the counter analgesic can be taken for pain; topical products are available to minimize discomfort; and apply gauze or cotton to help control bleeding.
Many people do not know that if a tooth gets knocked out it may be possible to salvage that situation. If possible, the tooth should be replaced and help in place until the dentist can be seen. Or put the tooth in a glass of milk and get to the dentist quickly. Time is of the essence however; being seen within one hour will improve the odds of a successful procedure.
In addition to being prepared, being proactive in your own dental care may be helpful in preventing a dental emergency, such as:
Be mindful of what you eat and drink.
Brush at least twice each day with a fluoridated toothpaste. Your dentist may recommend an electric toothbrush for the maximum teeth cleaning you can get at home. Brush for a full two minutes at least twice a day.
Floss every day. Brushing only reaches two thirds of the surface of teeth; flossing will remove food debris your toothbrush missed. In addition, flossing keeps gum tissue healthy and invigorated.
Visit your dentist every six months (or as recommended) for a complete cleaning to remove plaque that has formed since your previous appointment. Teeth will be polished to look their best, and a dental exam will identify any potential problems that may be treated before they can escalate into a dental emergency.
Be proactive and contact our team today for more tips.