Lessen the Impact of Dental Emergencies with These Tips

dental emergency Sterling HeightsThere is never a good time for a dental emergency. But you can lessen the impact should such an emergency occur by:

Being Prepared For A Dental Emergency 

If needed, could you contact your dentist immediately? Would the person providing care for your children or other family members be able to reach your dentist quickly?

You should have the name and contact information for your family dentist posted and readily available on a moment’s notice. Carry this information with you.

Dental emergencies don’t always occur during regular office hours. Do you know who to contact after regular office hours? Ask your family dentist how to handle emergencies when the dental office is closed.

Learn what actually comprises an emergency. An excruciating toothache should never be ignored. But if your tooth has been troubling you for days, it can possibly wait until the next available appointment.

A dislodged tooth may be restored if treatment is rendered immediately. You have about an hour to react – hold the tooth in place (if possible). If not, put the tooth in a glass of milk or use a tooth preservation kit and seek treatment right away.

An oral cut may appear to bleed excessively; try to stop the bleeding with a clean towel or gauze. If bleeding persists, or the cut is deep, seek treatment.

Handling a Dental Emergency Away From Home 

Whether on business or vacation, you don’t have to be home to experience a dental emergency. If you’re out of the country, a call to your local embassy for advice is recommended.

When you’re closer to home, a call to your family dentist for a suggestion on how to proceed is advisable. If you have trusted friends or family present, they may be able to point you in the right direction for your best treatment option.

If you’re a stranger in town, during regular office hours, the local chamber of commerce is a good source for a recommendation.

Finally, while being prepared is appropriate, being proactive is important. Do the things you can to maintain great oral health … brush and floss daily … and visit our team at Forever Young Dentistry for cleaning and exam twice yearly.