Don’t Let a Dental Emergency Disrupt Your Plans
Are you prepared for a dental emergency? Having a game plan can make a world of difference. There are two important aspects to preparing for a dental emergency: preventing it and responding to it. Following is helpful information to help you safeguard your oral health and your comfort.
Preventing a Dental Emergency
The first step to preventing dental emergencies is to commit to taking good care of your oral health. Improper oral hygiene and foregoing routine checkups and cleanings can leave your teeth weak and vulnerable to dental injuries. Be sure to keep appointments with our dentist every six months and follow oral hygiene routines recommended by the American Dental Association.
Certain bad habits can greatly increase your risks for dental crises. Chewing on inedible objects, grinding your teeth, and using your teeth as tools to open packaging can lead to cracked, chipped, and broken teeth. Breaking these habits now can help prevent painful dental issues and the treatments needed to correct them.
If you play contact sports or partake in high-risk activities like skateboarding or rollerblading, wearing a mouthguard can protect your teeth and gums if you fall or hit your head.
Responding to a Dental Crisis
One of the most important things when it comes to responding to dental emergencies is to have easy access to our practice’s phone number. We encourage you to save our number and address in your mobile phone. It’s also wise to keep our business cards in your wallet, purse, vehicle, and your work desk. The sooner you can call us, the sooner we can prepare for your visit.
If you wake up with a severe toothache, take some over the counter pain relievers to alleviate discomfort. You can also swish saltwater in your mouth for 30 seconds.
Sometimes, it is possible to reattach a broken or knocked-out tooth. We recommend that you store Save-A-Tooth solution in your first aid kit. This solution can keep a knocked-out tooth or its pieces alive until you can get to our practice.
Call the office of Dr. Randy Parham today if you have questions or would like to schedule an appointment with our dentist.