A dental emergency is any dental issue caused by harm or infection to the teeth or gum that needs urgent attention. Some of these dental emergencies include tooth decay, tooth pain, severed gum, cracked or knocked out tooth, gum disease, and gum bleeding, which comes with severe pain that can affect your focus and all-around comfort.
A dental emergency is a severe issue, and one should plan for it in case it occurs. Preparation for this issue is as necessary as prevention. This is because, in case of any accident, you know you can keep it under control before meeting the dentist. Below are some dental preparation tips:
- Have an emergency dental practitioner’s number: You cannot predict how the dental emergency case may be, but in case it is very severe, you should have a number for a dentist you can call to help you, so get the number of a dental practitioner that does emergency treatment.
- Have a dental kit: Each dental emergency has its treatment, which means you should have a kit that contains different materials and tools, these tools cannot be found in the standard first aid kit, and even though you buy a dental kit, you will still need to purchase a few more items, these items include:
- Latex or nitrile glove
- Temporal filling material
- Oral gel or clove oil as anesthesia
- Cotton balls
- Ice packs
- Pain medication
- Hydrogen peroxide
- Mouth wash
- Dental floss
- Dental wax
These are the materials that your dental kit should have in case of emergencies and should be at home when traveling or in school.
- Have a dental fund: Dental emergency bills might be significant and might not be conveniently covered by dental insurance, but keeping money aside monthly or weekly prepares you ahead for that situation
- Knowing how to respond to a dental emergency: The real issue in preparing for dental emergencies knows how to respond to or what to do once it occurs. Let us look at some dental emergencies and how to respond:
- Toothache: Do not take alcohol to reduce the pain or pick at the tooth. Instead, gently floss because it may result from a foreign object. Also, do not apply aspirin directly over the area because that may irritate the gum and cause more problems. Take the pain relief medication as directed by the doctor, and if the pain persists, see a dentist
- Knocked-out tooth: In case of a knocked-out tooth, pick the tooth by the crown, not the root, in other not to damage it. Rinse it with warm water, put it in a milk container, and wait to see the dentist.
- Cracked teeth: Rinse the mouth with warm water, and use a cold substance compress to reduce swelling. Also, cover the area with proper filling material like sugar-free gum or toothpaste and visit your dentist.
- Object stuck between teeth: A floss or simple toothpick will help gently remove it.
Dental emergencies may look scary, but they become not so scary with preparation. This is because you have the equipment, funds, and the dentist’s number, and you know what to do if they occur, helping you manage the situation correctly and stopping it from becoming a permanent issue.
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