Maintain a perfect set of teeth!
Dental emergency refers to any emergency that involves the teeth and gums. It is not necessary that it would cause pain like a chipped tooth but that does not mean that such emergencies should be ignored. Dentists usually keep some free time for emergency dental care since accidents can happen anytime and instant treatment is better instead of having a chance of infection to develop. Ignoring a dental problem, a minor one even, can lead to permanent damage and may also lead to expensive treatment later on.
Here is a list of some common emergency dental caretips in case of some accidents. Make sure you visit your dentist as soon as possible.
For a toothache, rinse your mouth thoroughly with luke-warm water. Use a dental floss or brush your teeth to try to remove any food stuck between your teeth. If your mouth swells as a result of toothache, place a cold compress like an ice pack to your mouth or cheek. Remember, do not put any pain killers near the gums or against the aching tooth or it may cause problems like burning of the gum tissue.
Food stuck between teeth:
If you have some food stuck between your teeth, then only use dental floss – that too very carefully and gently because it can cause bleeding if used roughly. If you cannot dislodge the food from its place then it is advisable to visit a dentist immediately or it may lead to bigger problems. Do not use a toothpick or any other sharp object like a pin to remove the food because they can scratch the surface of the tooth or cut the gums.
In case of a lost filling, stick a piece of sugar free gum in the place of the filling. Do not use a sugar filled gum because it will cause pain. You can also use dental cement which is available over the counter. But this is just a temporary measure and you have to schedule an appointment with the dentist as soon as possible.
If you chip or break your teeth then save all the pieces you can. Rinse any broken pieces in your mouth with the help of warm water. If the chipped tooth causes bleeding then apply a piece of gauze to the affected area until the bleeding ceases. To avoid swelling and to relieve pain quickly, apply ice or any other cold compress to the outside of your cheek, lip or mouth.
There are also a number of precautions you can take to make sure that such accidents that require dental emergency care never take place. When taking part in sports or any other such recreational activities, wear a mouth guard to protect your teeth and gums. Do not open any packaging using your teeth since it weaken the teeth. Use a scissor instead. Avoid chewing on things which can break your teeth like ice, hard candy and popcorn kernels. Lastly, visit your dentist frequently so that you have a mouth full of healthy teeth.