Dental emergencies certainly don’t limit themselves to convenient business hours. No one wants to make the emergency dentist trip, but sometimes it is inevitable. The beginning of a new year is time to buckle down, get your kids back into a routine and involved in new activities, but unfortunately dental emergencies can occur at any time.
Would you be prepared if a tooth broke at a soccer practice on a Saturday morning? Or having a family member’s tooth knocked out during a game of Frisbee or football in the backyard? Probably not!
It is always a good idea to make sure you schedule a full dental checkup for your family early in the New Year so that any problems can be dealt with immediately. However, things don’t always work out like that. If you find yourself in any of these situations on a weekend or at an after-school event, here is how you can handle them until you make your way to an emergency dentist:
• Teeth are knocked out: When this happens phone your emergency dentist immediately. In the meantime, place a cloth in the basin to prevent the tooth from falling down the drain. Rinse the top of the tooth very gently, but don’t scrub the tooth or disturb any of the tissue that is attached. Place the tooth gently back into the socket or a glass of milk and make your way to the dentist straight away.
• Broken tooth: Use lukewarm water to rinse and clean the mouth thoroughly and afterwards apply a cold compress to minimize possible swelling of the area.
• Toothaches: Contrary to popular belief most, if not all emergency dentists will advise you not to place painkillers onto your gum. This is especially true of aspirin; since this can go on to burn your gum tissue. Rather gently floss around the tooth and rinse with warm water.
These tips will help you manage any dental emergency until such a time that you can make your way over to the emergency dentist. For affordable and professional dentists contact Remarkable Smiles at Modern Family Dentistry of Issaquah.