Thursday, 5 May 2016

Tips for Managing a Dental Emergency

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Besides brushing, flossing, and whitening, our teeth is an often overlooked part of our health when doing high impact activities like sports. We don’t really know how bad the dental injury is until we find ourselves in the dentist’s emergency room.

In this guide, we are going to teach you what to do in a dental emergency. You don’t want to be the one to stand there, tooth knocked out, wondering what to do. You want to alleviate the problem, not make it worse. To help you out are some tips:

1. Have your dental clinic/dentist’s number with you at all times

In case of a dental emergency, you need to be able to contact your dental clinic/dentist immediately. Make sure to have their phone number on your cellphone or their business card on your wallet.

2. Get your substitute dentist’s number

Some emergency dentist in Sydney will have a replacement ready for them in case they can’t entertain a patient. If they don’t have someone to proxy for them, make sure to have a substitute dentist’s number ready on your mobile phone.

3. Give your dentist complete details of your condition

Most dental emergencies are reported through phone which means that dentists have a limited time for preparing tools they need for the operation. When calling for a dental emergency, make sure to provide your dentist with complete information of your condition so they know exactly what to bring.

4. Keep misplaced tooth in milk or Save-A-Tooth solution

So your tooth got knocked out or misplaced and you’ve already called the dentist. While waiting, soak your misplaced tooth in milk or Save-A-Tooth solution to preserve it. Save-A-Tooth solution can be bought at most supermarkets and drugstores. Make sure that it has the ADA Seal of Acceptance on it.

If you don’t have any of the two solutions, you can keep your tooth inside your cheek to maintain the cellular material. Do this until the help arrives.

5. Rinse cracked tooth with warm water

If you accidentally cracked your tooth, you can clean the area by rinsing it with warm water. Apply cold compress on the side of the face where the cracked tooth is to prevent any swelling.

6. Relieve toothache with warm water

If you have a toothache and you can’t get to the dentist just yet, you can rinse your mouth with warm water to clean it. You can then use dental floss to remove food caught between the teeth. Wait for your dentist to prescribe you with a pain reliever and avoid using aspirin on tooth or gum tissues.

7. Remove stuck objects with floss

Only use floss for removing objects caught between teeth and in the mouth. Avoid using sharp or pointed materials as this might cause even more damage to your dental health.

Additional tips to prevent dental injuries:

* Always wear a mouth guard during sports and recreational activities.

* Protect tooth from cracking by avoiding hard food like ice, popcorn kernel, and candy.

* Bottle openers are for bottles and scissors are for cutting things. Don’t ever use your teeth when performing tasks like this. There are tools for such and should be used whenever appropriate.

We hope these tips help you manage dental emergencies better. Remember to always take care of your teeth and protect it when performing high impact activities. You never know what might happen. And should the worse happen and you fracture or lose your teeth, at least you’ll be better prepared.

What are your thoughts on this subject? How imperative do you find dental emergency preparation is? Let us know in the comments.

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