Handling Dental Emergencies

Handling Dental Emergencies

Accidents happen – whether we like it or not. The key here is to know how to handle such situations when it happens because it will determine the outcome. Will it be positive or negative? The same thing goes with dental emergencies. Dental emergencies can happen anytime and sometimes, they happen when we least expect it. Knowing how to handle such emergencies will play an important role whether you can save a tooth or not and how they impact your dental health. 

There are a lot of dental emergencies that can happen. It can be due to a knocked-out tooth, cracked or broken teeth, toothache or a broken jaw. The reason behind these emergencies can vary from one child to another. Toothache is one of the most common dental emergencies that both young and adults encounter. When this happens, rinse your mouth with lukewarm water with a bit of salt in it. The salt helps reduce the inflammation in your gums and fights the bacteria which causes toothache. 

There are times when a dental emergency occurs due to a sport or recreational activities. When your tooth is knocked-out accidentally, retrieve your tooth and rinse it off with water while holding it by the crown. Never pull or remove any tissue fragments on your tooth as it reduces the chances for the tooth to be saved. Try to put the tooth back in its socket if you could. If not, then put it in a container with milk or a cup of water with salt; then go to your dentist right away. The milk or saltwater has a protein cell growth component which can help save your tooth. 

Another common dental emergency is a cut inside the mouth which happens when you accidentally bit the delicate tissue around your mouth. This dental emergency is called soft-tissue laceration. When dealing with this, make sure that the bleeding is controlled. You can do this by rinsing your mouth with clean water and then put a cold compress in the affected area. Once the bleeding has stopped, seek the attention of your dentist right away. 

One way to reduce the risk of encountering dental emergencies is to wear a mouthguard when participating in sports. You might also like to minimize activities that can hurt your teeth such as chewing ice, popcorn kernels, and other hard candies. 

Dental emergencies are inevitable that is why having the knowledge on how to handle them is important. Knowing the first aid for such situations before going to a dentist can make a big difference. Learn how to handle such emergencies and who knows, you can just save a tooth or two. 

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