Do you know what to do if you or a loved one is in a dental emergency? Knowing what to do ahead of time enables you to react if ever a crisis arrives. Having this knowledge and acting quickly can not only save yourself some discomfort, but it may also save your tooth.
-If a tooth gets knocked out, hold it by the crown and rinse the root in water if dirty. Whatever you do, DO NOT scrub it or remove any of the attached tissue. If possible, gently put the tooth back into its socket or into a cup of milk to bring with you to the dentist.
-For a broken tooth, clean your mouth with warm water and use some ice for the swelling. Go to the dentist as soon as possible.
-You can gently clean a bitten tongue or lip with a cloth and can use a cold compress for the swelling. After a short time, if the bleeding is heavy or hasn’t stopped, you should seek immediate medical attention.
-If you have a toothache, you can try rinsing your mouth with warm water and gently flossing to remove any food particles that may be there. Come see us at Complete Dental Care as soon as you can.
-If you’re traveling and have a dental emergency, you can ask the local emergency room for a dentist referral. If you are abroad, you can contact the U.S. Embassy or you could ask the hotel personnel for a referral.
For any questions or to make an appointment with Complete Dental Care, call us at 740-229-4180. We’d love to see you in our office in Dennison, Ohio.