Dental care does not just involve brushing and flossing, or going to the dentist every six months. It also involves knowing what to do in case of a dental emergency.
Here are some of the most common dental emergencies and what you should do in case they happen.
Sports injury or knocked-out tooth
Sometimes, while playing a contact sport like basketball, one may receive a particularly hard hit to the face. The same thing can happen during a slip or trip and fall incident. Instead of just a bruise, you may get your tooth knocked out.
If this happens to you, pick up the tooth by the crown (the part that’s exposed in your mouth) and rinse it with clean, warm water. Try to put it back in the socket if this is possible; if not, do not force it. Before trying to do this, however, rinse your mouth. Apply a cold compress to the area outside your mouth closest to the knocked out tooth to keep the pain and swelling down.
If you can’t put it back into the socket, put the tooth in a glass of milk or warm water with some salt. There are also products for soaking knocked out teeth, such as Save-a-Tooth cell growth medium.
Whether you’re successful in putting it back in the socket or not, go to your dentist immediately, within an hour if possible, for emergency Meridian dental care from scottwgrantdmd.com.
Chipped or broken tooth
This means the tooth is still in the socket but a piece of it is either loose or has fallen out. Pick up the broken pieces of tooth and rinse them with warm water. Use a cold compress to prevent swelling and reduce the pain. Rinse your mouth if there is blood. Go to your dentist as soon as possible. Do not apply any medication directly on your tooth or gums as this may cause more pain and burn the tissue. Let your dentist do the work.
Teeth emergencies can happen anytime. Find a dentist in your area who treats such emergencies even during weekends or after hours so you have their number in case an emergency takes place.