You can never be too prepared for an emergency. In case you find yourself experiencing a dental emergency, call our office immediately. Here are some quick tips to follow before arriving at the office that can help save your teeth. Knocked out Tooth- If a permanent adult tooth has been accidentally knocked out make sure to keep the tooth moist until you are seen by a dentist. Try to place the tooth back in its socket without touching the root if possible. If this cannot be done, place the tooth in between the teeth and gums or keep it submerged in milk until you are seen by your dentist.

Cracked Tooth:

If you have cracked a tooth, immediately rinse your mouth with warm water to clean the area. If your face starts to swell use a cold compress to keep inflammation down.

Bite to Tongue or Lip:

If you have accidentally bitten down on your tongue or lip, clean the area gently with water and apply a cold compress to stop any swelling.

Toothaches:

Gently rinse your mouth with warm water and use floss to clean between the teeth and get rid of any particles that can be contributing to the pain. Never place aspirin on a toothache or on surrounding gum tissue.

Sharp Objects Stuck between Teeth:

Always use floss to remove any sharp food particles or objects stuck between teeth. Never use sharp instruments as this can causes serious damage to the gums,

Preventative Measures:

To avoid a dental emergency, always protect your teeth while participating in sports. Wear a mouth guard at all times to ensure that teeth will not incur damage. Avoid chewing hard foods like popcorn kernels, hard candy, and ice. Finally, never attempt to open or cut anything with your teeth—make sure to use scissors instead!