With the summer less than a month away, it’s a good time to remind yourself what you should do in the event of a dental emergency.
Saving our phone number, 256-801-0002, is something you should do right now if you are in or near Huntsville, AL. Our team at the office of Jennifer Perkins, DDS, hopes you don’t need to call us for this reason. However, we will be ready to help if you or someone you love needs emergency dental care.
In the meantime, here are some things to keep in mind if you do have a dental problem … and some suggestions for preventing those problems from happening.
Be Ready To Respond
As the scouts say, being prepared is good advice. You may already have a good understanding of basic first aid, but what about dental first aid?
If someone near you loses or breaks a tooth, you probably aren’t going to be standing outside a dental office when it happens. Here’s what you should do until you are able to see a dentist.
If possible, find the tooth or part of the tooth. You will want to clean that off as well as your mouth if you do find it. Bleeding is common after a dental injury. You may need to rinse, then use gauze to soak up any blood. Repeat as needed until the bleeding stops.
You can try to place a lost tooth back in its socket. Leave it if it will stay. Place the tooth in milk if it won’t remain in place.
To reduce pain and swelling, apply ice or a cold pack to the affected area. You also can take an over-the-counter pain reliever. This may ease your pain while you await treatment for a toothache or an infected tooth as well.
Practice Preventive Care
You can’t stop every dental emergency, but you can take steps to reduce your risk of those kinds of problems.
Toothaches and tooth infections can develop when cavities and gum disease go untreated. Your first line of defense against those issues is routine care. This includes your daily brushing and flossing along with regular professional cleanings and exams. If we discover decay or gum issues, we can take care of it before it leads to an oral health emergency.
Accidents and injuries can happen anytime and anywhere. However, if you play sports, you know that you have an increased risk of dental injuries when you step on the field or court for competitions or for practice. That’s why you should be wearing an athletic mouthguard whenever you are playing your sport of choice.
Research has demonstrated that athletes are 60 times less likely to have dental injuries if they are wearing mouthguards.
Don’t Wait To Act
If you are experiencing a dental emergency of any kind, seek help as soon as possible. Start by calling 256-801-0002 to reach Dr. Perkins’s office in Huntsville, AL. If you want to prevent the problems we described above, contact us online to request a dental checkup soon.