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A dental emergency can be a nerve-wracking experience, but it helps to
stay calm and see a
dentist as soon as you can. The sooner you address the issue, the more likely
it is that you will have a successful restoration. Keep reading for a
few helpful tips for handling dental emergencies.
Save the Tooth
dental emergencies spring up as the result of some sort of trauma to the mouth. Oftentimes,
a tooth will be knocked out of the mouth; in other cases, just a part
of a tooth will be broken off. If you find yourself in either of these
situations, hold on to your tooth or piece of tooth so you can bring it
to your dentist. You will need to keep your tooth moist by keeping it
between your cheek and gums or in a glass of milk. See your dentist as
soon as possible following this type of emergency.
Clean the Area
During just about any dental emergency, you will want to clean the affected
area. It helps to rinse your mouth out even if you just have a toothache.
You should also rinse your mouth with warm water if you suffer a cracked
tooth; if there is any swelling, you can use a cold compress on the area.
Clean the area after you accidentally bite your lip or tongue as well,
and use a cold compress for swelling.
It pays to be careful when you need to remove something from between your
teeth or gums. If you have any kind of food scraps, debris, or other objects
stuck in your teeth, always use floss rather than any kind of sharp tool
to remove it. You should also gently floss between your teeth to remove
food particles if you have a toothache.
If you find yourself dealing with a dental emergency, please do not hesitate
to call Oak Creek Dental Care at (614) 682-8426. Our emergency dentist
near Columbus, Ohio, specializes in IV sedation and restoration dentistry.
For more information about our dentists, feel free to visit our website
or stop in and meet with us today.
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