What to Do In A Dental Emergency
We don’t know about you, but we cannot believe the holiday season is upon us again! It seems like we were just ringing in the start of 2022. The holiday season is a busy time for many, and it seems like there is never any down time. While we hate to be the bearer of grim news during this joyous time, we want to discuss the importance of being aware and prepared in case of a dental emergency this holiday season.
Dealing With a Dental Emergency
Accidents can happen at any time, so it is good to be informed of what to do in certain circumstances. We want to share some tips on how to deal with minor dental emergencies. First and foremost, it is important to remember to stay calm when dealing with any form of emergency. Evaluate the situation and assess the needs of the injured. Here are some helpful tips:
- When discomfort is first experienced, thoroughly clean your teeth to be sure there is no trapped food that is causing an issue.
- If a filling or crown falls out, contact our office as soon as possible. In the meantime, purchase some dental wax to cover the area.
- If you bite your tongue or cheek, clean the area in the mouth with a salt-water rinse and use a cold compress to help with swelling.
One of the best ways to avoid a dental emergency is to be sure that you and your family are up to date on your hygiene examinations and cleanings. During these appointments, we inspect your teeth to be sure that no problems are developing that need immediate treatment. The longer decay is left to progress in your mouth, the greater chance you have of experiencing an emergency. Now is the perfect time to visit if it has been a while since your last visit, as dental insurance benefits expire at the end of the calendar year.
If you experience a dental emergency during the holiday season, be sure to call our office located in Terre Haute, IN as soon as possible so we can bring you into the office for an appointment. If you are dealing with a severe emergency, we recommend heading to the nearest hospital. We hope you enjoy a happy and healthy holiday season, and we look forward to seeing you soon!