February 5, 2021
Many dental emergencies can be prevented if you commit to taking good care of your teeth and gums and strive to avoid problematic habits.
Following are steps you can take to reduce the likelihood of a dental emergency.
Don’t Use Your Teeth as Tools
Your teeth are meant for tearing and biting food, not tearing packaging or opening bottles. Using your teeth as tools could lead to severe damage that requires oral surgery, restorations, or root canal therapy to fix.
Avoid Chewing Inedible Objects
Many people bite down on pen caps or ice cubes as a nervous habit. This could permanently damage your tooth enamel and even chip or crack your teeth. We strongly encourage people to break these habits. If you’re tempted to chew on ice, consider using straws to consume your favorite beverages.
Schedule Routine Checkups and Cleanings
Foregoing routine preventive care could put your teeth at great risk. Keeping regular appointments for checkups and cleanings helps our team monitor your oral health. Many oral health concerns may be asymptomatic at their onset. If problems do arise, we can address them in their earliest stages.
Going years without checkups and cleanings could lead to a dental emergency causing serious harm because your teeth could be in a vulnerable state.
Practice Proper Oral Hygiene
Oral hygiene is your best defense against developing a number of oral health issues. Proper brushing and flossing prevent enamel loss, cavities, and gum disease. If you can keep your teeth clean with meticulous oral hygiene, you can greatly reduce the risk of developing painful toothaches and even broken or chipped teeth.
Wear a Mouthguard for High-Risk Sports
Playing a sport could easily cause a dental emergency. Contact sports or physical activities with a high risk for falling could break and chip your teeth or cause lacerations to soft oral tissue. Wearing a custom-made mouthguard is one of the best ways to protect your mouth against sports-related injuries.
If it’s time for a cleaning or checkup, call Hulen Crossing Family Dental to schedule an appointment with our dentist.
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February 12, 2020
A dental emergency can happen any time, any place. You can be ready to walk down the wedding aisle, but if a toothache interferes, your day can be ruined. Or you may be packing for a once in a lifetime vacation when you stumble and break your tooth. You may be able to lessen the impact of these situations if you have taken great care of your teeth, and have honored the commitment of maintaining regularly scheduled dental appointments.
How Regular Dental Appointments Lessen the Impact of Emergencies
When you visit your dentist on a consistent schedule, the potential for problems can be spotted and dealt with before they have a chance to escalate. For instance, a tooth impacted with decay can be diagnosed and treated before it has a chance to grow.
Falling and breaking a tooth can’t be avoided by regular dental visits; however, if you have a trusted dentist who you see regularly, the odds that you can be seen and treated immediately are greater than if you only maintain sporadic dental appointments.
Be Prepared for a Dental Emergency
Now that we’ve determined that some emergencies may not be avoidable, there are things that you can do in the event that the unthinkable should occur.
Make sure you post the name and contact information of your dental provider in a conspicuous place for you, your family members, and caregivers. When an emergency occurs, you don’t want to have to scramble to find this important information. In addition to posting it, make sure you and those dear to you carry this with them at all times.
Emergencies don’t always cooperate with dental office hours; make sure you know what to do in the event of an emergency at night or on weekends. Some emergencies can be dealt with over the phone, but this is usually only an option when you’re a patient in good standing with your dentist.
Prevention should be practiced as a means to protect against emergencies. Brush twice daily with a fluoridated toothpaste, floss daily to remove what your toothbrush missed, and have your teeth cleaned professionally twice yearly or as recommended by your dental provider. An ounce of prevention is worth a pound of cure.
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February 18, 2019
Have you ever wondered what you would do if you broke a tooth? Knowing how to respond to a dental emergency could mean the difference between comfort and discomfort, and saving precious tooth structure.
What to Do Before a Dental Emergency
Handling a dental emergency starts with preparation. First, you need to have contact information for your dentist handy at all times. Save the number to your oral healthcare provider’s practice in your mobile phone. Keep your dentist’s business cards in your purse or wallet, too.
The faster you can call your dental practice to make an emergency appointment, the better. When dental crises arise, time is of the essence. The longer problems go untreated, the worse they will become. Moreover, waiting to receive treatment for a broken or knocked out tooth could diminish your chances of saving it.
Keep Save-A-Tooth solution in your first aid kit. This solution is wonderful for keeping a knocked out or broken portion of a tooth alive until your emergency appointment. You can purchase this solution at many large pharmacies and some supermarkets. Keeping this on hand could mean the difference between losing your tooth and keeping it.
Responding to Chipped, Cracked, and Broken Teeth
If you bite down on something and chip a tooth, or worse, fall and knock one out, you need to act fast. When your tooth is injured, call your dental provider immediately to make an emergency appointment. Then, take your tooth and/or its pieces and place them in Save-A-Tooth solution or milk. If you have neither on hand, you can place your tooth in between the gums and linings of cheeks to keep it alive until your appointment.
How to Handle a Toothache
Toothaches are painful. It usually means the nerves inside teeth are infected. If you develop a toothache, schedule an appointment as soon as possible. You can take over the counter pain medication and gargle salt water to increase your comfort while you wait for treatment.
If you have a dental emergency or need to make an appointment for a checkup, call us at Hulen Crossing Family Dental today.
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December 4, 2015
Just as it’s important to always be prepared for minor injuries or accidents, it’s also important to be prepared for a dental emergency. If you have a regular first-aid kit on hand for accidents, you can make a few additions to this kit to address the specific needs of damage to the mouth or teeth.
Preparing a Dental First-Aid Kit
A dental first-aid kit can make the difference between saving and losing a tooth in the case of dental injury. Our dentist can provide suggestions regarding what items you should keep in your emergency kit. Typically, these items include:
- A tube of toothpaste or denture adhesive
- Gauze to manage bleeding
- A cup to carry a knocked-out (avulsed) tooth
- Special liquid that helps preserve an avulsed tooth
If you or a family member falls and injured your lips or cheek, or knocks out a tooth, it’s important to control the flow of blood. A knocked-out tooth can be preserved in a small cup with milk, water, or special fluid designed for avulsed teeth. Mouthwash can help disinfect mouth injuries if a filling or crown falls out, toothpaste or denture adhesive will hold it in place until you can get to our office.
Preventing Dental Emergencies
Taking precautions can help reduce the likelihood that you’ll injure your mouth or teeth. Be careful when walking on uneven, slick, or wet surfaces. Wear a mouth guard when you play sports. In the car, always wear your seatbelt and be sure your airbags and other emergency systems are functional and properly maintained. When riding a bike or motorcycle, be sure to wear a helmet. These precautions will greatly reduce your chances of injuring your mouth, teeth, or face.
If you do experience a dental injury, treat it promptly with items from your first-aid kit, then see our dentist as soon as possible. Particularly in the case of knocked-out teeth, the sooner you can get to a professional, the more likely you will be to save your tooth.
Put our office on speed dial and call us at 682-204-4933 for your next emergency!
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