Tips to Prepare for a Dental Emergency

  • June 14, 2019

dental emergency Sterling HeightsPreparedness is important when it comes to handling a dental emergency. Knowledge in how to react is helpful as well. While preventing a dental emergency is ideal, accidents happen. Since you can’t live in a bubble, be proactive when it comes to caring for your dental health.

Be Prepared

Accidents often occur when your dentist’s office is closed. You need to know who to contact no matter the time an emergency calls for action.

Keep the contact information for your dental provider at hand. Post this information in a conspicuous place and advise caregivers of its location. During normal operating hours, your dentist will try to find time to see you for a dental emergency.

If something happens after hours, know who to contact for a dental emergency. Your dentist may have an after hours contact, but if not, do not hesitate to go to your nearest emergency room or clinic.

Many dental emergencies occur following some kind of activity. Children and adults playing sports or engaging in outdoor activities can result in oral trauma. A mouthguard can be of great benefit by protecting the teeth, gingiva, tongue, and cheeks in the event of unanticipated or accidental contact. A custom made mouthguard is recommended; the better the fit, the better the protection.

Knowledge

Would you know what to do if a tooth got knocked out? Or if excessive bleeding occurred following a dental trauma?

A little knowledge can save you or a family member from permanent tooth loss. If a tooth is knocked out clean off any dirt, and if possible replace the tooth in the socket. Or place the tooth in a glass of milk or Save-A-Tooth solution. Get to the dentist immediately … chances are if given the correct treatment right away, that tooth may be salvageable.

If a dental trauma results in an oral cut, use cotton or a clean cloth to stop the bleeding, See your dental provider if bleeding persists.

Your dentist has a wealth of information to share with you that can be beneficial if the need arises. Our teeth are supposed to last for our lifetime so do everything you can to protect and care for them … brush twice a day with a fluoridated toothpaste, floss daily to remove what your toothbrush missed, and visit our team at Forever Young Dentistry every six months for cleaning and a dental exam.