What To Do In Dental Emergency And How To Avoid One
We don’t know about you, but we cannot believe the holiday season has come and gone and we are already in 2023! We always feel the beginning of a new year is a great time to evaluate your life and see where you can make any improvements or changes. The same is true for your oral health. We want our patients to have optimal oral health so they can avoid a dental problem or emergency in the near future. Accidents can happen at any time, so it is good to be informed of what to do in certain circumstances. Continue reading to learn more about what to do if you or a loved one experience a dental emergency.
What To Do In a Dental Emergency
A dental emergency can occur at any time. It is always wise to be prepared. We want to share some tips on how to deal with minor dental emergencies. First and foremost, it is important to stay calm when dealing with any form of emergency. Evaluate the situation and assess the needs of the injured. Here are some helpful tips:
- When discomfort is first experienced, thoroughly clean your teeth to be sure there is no trapped food that is causing an issue.
- If a filling or crown falls out, contact our office as soon as possible. In the meantime, purchase some dental wax to cover the area.
- If you bite your tongue or cheek, clean the area in the mouth with a saltwater rinse and use a cold compress to help with swelling.
How to Avoid an Emergency
One of the best ways to ensure you avoid a dental emergency is to be sure you and your loved ones are up to date on your hygiene examinations and cleanings. The start of the new year is the perfect time to evaluate the state of your oral health and schedule your next appointment. If it has been longer than six months since your last visit, we recommend calling today to schedule a visit as soon as possible. During these visits, we not only clean the teeth, but we are able to find current dental issues or locate areas in the mouth that may be a problem in the near future.
If you or a loved one experiences a dental emergency, be sure to call our office located in Houston, TX as soon as possible so we can bring you into the office for an appointment. If you are dealing with a severe emergency, we recommend heading to the nearest hospital. We hope you have a wonderful 2023 and we look forward to seeing you soon!