No matter how prepared we think we are, there will still be times when we are left helpless, especially during emergencies. We never know when accidents can happen, and knowing what the right thing to do when it happens can help a lot — especially when it comes to saving a tooth.
Some people like those who are active in sports and other extreme activities may have experienced dental emergencies often. However, for common people like us, we might just panic and get exposed to more harm. To avoid this from happening, here are the most common dental emergencies and what to do when they occur.
Perhaps, all of us experienced toothache once in our lives. This annoying pain can really leave us sleepless and helpless if we don’t learn how to handle it. First, remove any food particles that get stuck in between your teeth. Then rinse your mouth with warm water. Don’t try to self-medicate by putting aspirin in the gums of the aching tooth as it might burn its tissues. If there is swelling in the affected area, applying a cold compress will reduce the inflammation as well as the pain.
- Knocked-Out Tooth
Did you know that you can still save a permanent tooth from being knocked out? Yes, as long as you know how to preserve it before you reach your dentist’s office. Clean the knocked-out tooth with water, but make sure not to touch its root. If possible, put the tooth back in its original socket and position. If not, get a milk or water container and put the tooth in it. Then put a pinch of salt in the container. Salt or sodium chloride will help your teeth survive for up to 24 hours; given that your dentist is able to replant your tooth in its original place within an hour.
- Broken or Chipped Teeth
Chipped or broken teeth are most commonly caused by a mouth injury. When your teeth get broken, get the broken piece and rinse it with warm water as soon as possible. Stop the bleeding if there is any. If a bruise or swelling begins to form, apply a cold compress on the outside of your mouth to relieve pain. Seek your dentist immediately.
When you have a gum infection or a tooth problem that has reached your gums, you may also deal with an abscess. It is yellowish and sometimes red, liquid on your gums that can be really painful and cause your gums to inflame. Avoid popping the swollen part as there is a great possibility that the affected can get infected and may cause more serious health complications. Rinsing your mouth with a mixture of warm water and a bit of salt can help reduce the pain. Visit your dentist right away to receive the right treatment.
- Broken braces
One common emergency related to braces is when its wire gets broken or tends to stick out. This situation doesn’t just make you uncomfortable, but the broken wire can also injure the tissues in your mouth. Try pushing the wire back to its original position through the eraser end of a pencil. However, do not force it as the wire might break further. If it’s impossible to fix its position, use a cotton ball or a piece of gauze to prevent the wire from poking your mouth. Then visit your dentist immediately.
The above mentioned are tricks that can help you handle the situation while waiting for professional care. If you can’t treat it, at least make it more manageable.