Everyone has had emergencies every now and then, and though we may know how to handle them, dental emergencies are some of the trickiest. We expect many things to occur in our daily live – tripping and falling, burning our hands in the kitchen and maybe even a fender bender every now and then. But we never really think about our teeth and what would we do if something happened to them and we didn’t have access to our dentist, like if we were traveling or if something happens in the middle of the night. So, if you find yourself in a such a situation, here’s what you need to do:
Toothaches are perhaps the most common type of dental conditions that you’ll have to deal with. There are many causes for toothaches – perhaps a loose filling or decaying tooth. The first thing to do it wash your mouth with warm water and maybe a add a little table salt. Clean in between your teeth with a floss and if your mouth is swelling, use a cold compress or swish some cold water on the affected area. Take some painkillers, but see your dentist as soon as possible, even if the pain goes away after a time.
Chipped or Knocked-out Tooth:
If you’re in an accident and you have broken or knocked-out teeth, you’ll have to see your dentist for dental treatment ASAP, within the next few hours at the latest. Pick up the pieces or teeth and rinse it off with dirty water. Store it in a clean container with milk or water milk some salt and bring it with your to the dentist. You’ll also have to clean your mouth with a warm water rinse, and if there is any bleeding, apply some cotton gauze to the area. If you did get your teeth knocked out, try to put it back carefully into the socket. You can get some special cell growth mediums at your drugstore to help save it, but your best chance of putting it back is to see your dentist within the hour.
Gum or Tissue Injuries:
If it’s the gum or tissues (cheeks, lips or tongue) around the teeth that are a problem, then treat it right away with a warm saline solution. If there’s bleeding, press a gauze or tea bag to the injured area for about 20 minutes. To relieve pain, use a cold compress outside of the mouth over the affected area. If the bleeding continues, see your dentist or go to the emergency room right away.
In an emergency, it’s best to be prepared, so make sure your first aid kit at home also contains items for dental emergencies. If you can’t reach your dentist, check if there are any hospitals that offer emergency dental care so you can have your problem taken care of right away.