We know that life can’t be mapped out, and it’s impossible to be prepared for every single thing that could ever possibly happen. However, you can do a few things to make sure you’re ready for some common dental emergencies.
Preparing for Dental Emergencies
Below are a few of the most common dental emergencies and how you can take practical steps to prepare for them:
If a tooth fracture occurs, gather whatever tooth fragments you can find and put them in a container of milk, saliva, or lukewarm water. Once this is done, contact your general dental office as quickly as possible to try and save the tooth.
Avoid tooth fractures by never using your teeth as tools, wearing a mouth guard during sports, and wearing a nightguard to bed if you grind your teeth.
Permanent Tooth Knocked Out
If a child has had a permanent tooth knocked out, locate the tooth and pick it up by the crown. As stated above, be sure to place to submerge the entire tooth in a cup of milk or the child’s saliva. If there isn’t much pain, try to reinsert the tooth into its socket and contact your dentist immediately.
The best way to prepare for a fractured, broken, or knocked-out tooth is to make sure that your children wear helmets when riding bikes or scooters, and mouth guards during sports or other physical activities.
If you have a persistent toothache, there are a few things to try. First, rinse your mouth with warm water and floss thoroughly. Sometimes the pain may be caused by a bit of food lodged between the gum and the teeth. If this isn’t the case, use an OTC pain reliever to ease the symptoms and contact your dentist for an appointment.
To avoid a toothache, the best thing you can do is practice good oral hygiene at home. This means brushing at least twice a day, flossing daily, and making sure to visit your dentist every six months for a checkup and a dental cleaning.
If you are experiencing a dental emergency, please contact your general dentist as quickly as possible. Here at Endodontic Specialists of Colorado, we encourage you to do whatever you can to save the tooth, as this is the healthiest option!
To learn more, please contact us at one of our locations in Colorado Springs and Pueblo, Colorado.