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Dental Emergency Preparedness: What to Do in a Dental Crisis

Dental Emergency Preparedness

You do everything you’re supposed to do. You brush and floss daily. You never miss a regular checkup with your dentist. You’re covered no matter what, right?

The truth is that a dental emergency can strike any time, whether it’s a broken tooth or a severe toothache. Taking care of your daily hygiene is the best way to ensure continued dental health, but being prepared for a dental emergency is an important additional step. After all, you never know when disaster might strike.

Being Prepared

While fluke incidents can happen all the time, proper precautions can reduce the risk of a dental emergency. The most basic step you can take to prevent a sudden dental condition is good oral hygiene. Regular flossing and brushing are the best ways to maintain strong and healthy teeth, while twice yearly trips to your dentist will ensure that you are not developing any worrisome dental conditions.

In addition, here are a few other preventative measures you can take:

  • Protect Your Teeth During Physical Activities. Sports and other physical activities are a great way to have fun and stay in shape, but they can leave your teeth vulnerable to damage. Wearing proper protective equipment, such as a mouthguard, will allow you to pursue physical activity without any worries.
  • Maintain Good Physical and Mental Health. Healthy physical habits can promote strong teeth. Be careful not to eat too many sugary or acidic foods which can leave you vulnerable to broken teeth. Physical fitness is also good for all aspects of your body, including dental health. The same goes for mental health, with the added warning that stress habits such as teeth grinding can wear down your teeth and leave them susceptible to damage.
  • Make a Plan. Despite your best efforts, a broken tooth or other dental emergency can strike at any time, even in the middle of the night. Be sure you know what to do when an emergency strikes. Your planning process may include the assembly of an emergency dental kit, which contains such items as gauze and pain relievers. You should also have the contact information of an emergency dentist, in case your situation requires immediate treatment outside of normal business hours.

What to Do When a Dental Emergency Strikes

When a dental emergency strikes, the first step is to assess the situation. Although you may not be an expert on dental health, try to determine the severity of the situation and if immediate help is needed. If the situation seems to be urgent, you should contact a dental health professional immediately, either your regular dentist or an emergency dentist.

While you await professional care, there are a few things you can do to prevent the situation from getting worse and to lessen the pain. These steps depend on the nature of the emergency, but may include rinsing your mouth with warm water, applying a cold compress, or taking aspirin or another pain medication.

Contact Temple Family Dentistry

If you have any questions about emergency preparedness or other areas of dental health, the professionals at Temple Family Dentistry are here to help. Do not hesitate to contact us at (610) 929-4252 or by filling out the form below.