Unfortunately, for the vast majority of people, it is highly likely that they will suffer from at least one dental emergency situation. Particular groups of people, such as people who regularly play intense sports, are at a considerably higher risk of having to deal with such issues.
In order to minimize the chances, we encourage you to undergo regular dental check-ups, at least once per six months along with taking some simple yet effective precautions.
Is it really a Dental Emergency?
The first thing you need to ask yourself: “Is this really an emergency?” In order to identify the severity of the problem, you should start answering the following list of questions:
• Are you bleeding from the mouth?
• Is your pain severe?
• Do you have any loose teeth?
• Have you been hit in your mouth, jaw or teeth?
• Do you have to swell in your facial area?
• Do you have bulges or knots on your gums?
If you answered positively in any of the aforementioned questions, you may indeed be in an emergency condition. Your first step should be to contact a local hospital or your dentist. Describe in detail EXACTLY what you are experiencing.
Treatment of Dental Emergency
It is important to realize that even though you may find temporary relief with self-treatment it is ESSENTIAL that you consult a dental care expert as soon as possible.Before arriving, here are some general things you can do:
• When bleeding: In cases of excessive bleeding or a broken jaw, go immediately to the hospital.
• Lost/Broken tooth: Keep the surrounding area as clean as possible and remove any dirt or debris by rinsing with warm water. Put the tooth in milk.
• Swelling: Apply cold compresses to reduce swelling.
Simple Dental Precautions
The following precautions are simple and easy to implement, and they reduce the chance of a dental emergency drastically. Depending on your lifestyle you might want to try one or more of the following:
• Wear a mouth-guard during sports activities.
• Avoid chewing on ice or likewise hard foods that may fracture your teeth.
• Use proper dental health techniques and practices, after consulting a specialist.
• Perform regular oral check-ups, at least twice a year.
If you suspect you are suffering from a dental emergency and need immediate care, do not hesitate to contact Contact Praxis Dental Pacific Pines. If for any reason you are incapable of doing so, contact your nearest hospital or dentist clinic.