Regardless of how careful we might be, an accident can occur unexpectedly at any time. While many people have access to first aid kits – both at home and in our vehicles – to treat burns, sprains and cuts, we are often less prepared for a dental emergency. What should you do if you suffer a dental emergency, such as losing or breaking a tooth, until you are able to consult the family dentist?
Dental emergencies aren’t restricted to instances where a tooth is lost or broken, however. An unexpected bout of toothache, swelling of the tongue or lips, or damage to the jaw can all be categorized as a dental emergency. In fact, anything untoward that occurs around the mouth or jaw could be classed so.
Perhaps one of the best things to do in the event of a dental emergency is to have the telephone number of the family dentist handy. Store the number in your cell phone, and have a business card with the telephone number close by your home telephone, and also in your wallet.
Speak to your dentist about putting together a dental first-aid kit, and store it with your regular medical supplies. Your dentist can help advise what items should be placed into the kit, but items such as painkillers, cold compress, gauze and dental floss are a good start. A small container to store a lost tooth should also be included, along with medical gloves.
If you’re planning a trip, why not have a dental check up before you go? Any potential issues can be spotted and treated beforehand, helping to reduce the likelihood of an emergency occurring while you are away. It’s also a good idea to ask your own dentist for a recommendation of a dental provider at your destination, in case you require unexpected treatment or advice.
It pays to be prepared for a dental emergency. Have a chat with your dentist for tips and advice on how best to handle different dental emergencies. Call 718-417-4544 to schedule your visit today.